A few years ago when I started biking to work it was primarily due to a desire to improve my fitness. I was working a lot of hours and found it difficult to find time to get to the gym. I figured that a little moderate exercise (like walking) to start and end the day would be a good way to ensure at least a nominal amount of physical activity each day.
I’ve continued to bike since that first trial and now bike for most of my daily tasks – groceries, meetings, work, etc. I’ve been pondering the exercise impact of the biking I do and wanted to do a rough estimate.
This online calculator is pretty handy to ballpark the calories burned biking. There are many others but the few I tried out gave similar results.
For a typical 3 mile ride in the city I burn about 200 calories so a round-trip would yield 400 calories burned. For a daily commute and with 2 weeks off for vacation that’d be an even 100,000 calories in a year.
If you’re looking for a way to get a bit of exercise each day, trying out bike commuting might be worth a try. Bonus: it’s really fun.
CORRECTION: After posting this I received feedback from a couple of people with more knowledge than I that calculators like the one used above overestimate the calories burned biking by quite a bit. Per their estimates, including a tracked ride, the rate per mile for biking should be around 25 calories.
Based on this number, the total for the 3 mile ride, 6 miles round trip would yield a total of 150 calories burned and an annual total of 37,500 (not 100,000).
I’m leaving the original post and this edit in case others have a similar issue regarding online calculators for this purpose.
In 2008, an insane tradition was born in the form of a New Year’s Resolution / Fitness Challenge. Most of you have participated throughout the years, but for any newcomers, here’s a recap of the various challenges:
2008 – 8 minute abs every day
2009 – 1 mile run every day
2010 – The Infamous Push-Up Challenge (1 additional push-up every day)
2011 – Choose your Daily Workout! (20 minutes of running, 15 minutes of jumping rope, or 30 minutes of riding a bicycle)
2012 – The Daily Nutrition Challenge (1 fruit + 1 vegetable + no deep fried foods)
2013 – Choose your Daily Workout! (200 Pushups, 2 Miles Running, 400 Crunches, 4000 Meters Rowing, 600 Jumping Jacks, or 6 Miles Biking)
2014 – 20 minutes of continuous workout each day
2015 – no challenge / lack of interest / the year which shall not be mentioned
With 2016 nearly upon us, there’s still time to assemble a group of like-minded (crazy) fitness junkies. For the 2016 Challenge, I’m proposing a workout that takes us back to the first two years of the challenge. A ‘Return to our Roots’ workout:
Complete an 8 minute ab workout OR Run 1 Mile every day.(A suggested 8 minute ab workout is included via youtube link at bottom, but 8 minutes of planking or a similar core workout are also acceptable. The 1 Mile run is pretty self-explanatory, and can be completed inside, outside, in an airport, in another country, or on a boat.)
Takes less than 10 minutes to complete (assuming you can run a 10 minute mile)
Doesn’t require any gear / gym membership / additional purchases
What’s in it for me?
Besides toning up your core muscles and getting in better running shape, there’s a monetary incentive to the challenge each year. $20 per person goes into the pot, and the ‘last man standing’ wins the money. If there are multiple winners on 12/31/2016 (or sooner, depending on when the final participants drop out), the winners split the pot.
How do I sign up?
Great! I’m glad you asked. To sign up, simply send an email with your ‘verbal commitment.’ Then send in $20 – email for details.
Other important details:
The Challenge begins on January 1, 2016 (aka this FRIDAY).
You have 24 hours (from midnight to midnight) to complete the daily requirement.
This operates on the honor system. If you fail to run/do your abs within 24 hours of the day, you must email the group (or at least the organizer!) to let us know.
Feel free to invite others! Mo’ participants = mo’ money in the pot.
I think that covers the essentials. I know it’s a bit daunting to commit to a whole year of daily workouts, but half of the fun lies in taunting and shit-talking with your friends and family. Besides, even if you successfully complete even 3 months of working out, isn’t that worth the $20 commitment?
Invite your kids, invite your wives.
Go ahead and bookmark this page so you can watch this amazing video daily. Come on gang, you’re almost there!