Yesterday was a Workout A day, which means a shorter workout. Not less intense, mind you, but not enough to meet the minimum 30-minute daily exercise commitment and only half of my current target of 45-minutes of exercise each day. So I’ve been supplementing with a walk or a bike ride later in the day. As a system, it’s been working pretty well, and I like the idea of getting my metabolism fired up twice a day.
When I was out walking yesterday afternoon, I got to wondering why I almost always choose walking over biking. I like doing both, but for different reasons.
In Favor of Walking:
I love the movement and tempo, swinging my arms and striding. I can listen to my music or a podcast, or just let my mind wander and let my feet take me where they will. I feel free when I’m walking.
In Favor of Biking:
In addition to working the legs, the balancing requirement means I get an awesome core workout on a bike. Biking has built-in HIIT (high-intensity interval training), especially if I ride in an area with hills, and burns more calories. Also, I can create a breeze on a bike, which is important during Memphis summers.
And then there’s the minus column. There are a couple of things I don’t like about both walking and biking. From a safety standpoint, a person outside a vehicle isn’t exactly “safe” no matter whether they’re on foot or on wheels. I do feel safer up on the sidewalk and feel like my feet give me more options for escaping should a car & driver go out of bounds.
On a practical side, biking is rough on the seat. Not the bike seat, MY seat. After an hour, I’m beyond uncomfortable.
Walking, on the other hand, is fine on the seat, but hell on shoes. Exhibit A:
Or I guess that’s Exhibits A and B. The shoe on the left is my gym shoe, which lately is doubling as a walking shoe. The shoe on the right is my Saucony, half of the Saucony shoes I bought only a year ago! The Asics gym shoe is about four or five years old and has almost no tread left on it, but then again, it doesn’t have a hole in it either! Both of my Saucony shoes have holes in the same spot. I’ll either be going back to Asics or more likely, giving Target’s Champion C9 shoes a try. The current budget doesn’t allow for high dollar shoe purchases several times a year.
To be fair, if I rode my bike more often, I’d be putting more wear on my tires, which can also get pricey after a while.
Pluses, minuses. What it all comes down to, I think, is that walking feels more like a complete escape from the day. I get that with biking sometimes, too, but I have to drive city streets four miles over to the trails to escape. And I don’t get to listen to my tunes.
What’s your preference? Or do you have one?
And on another note: how long do your walking/running/shopping shoes usually last?