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Weighty Decision: The Walk Commute or The Bike Commute

Not sure what happened, but I’m back at _____ lbs…Or, around a 25-pound extra footprint I’m unnecessarily  leaving behind everywhere I go–my apologies.

If I’m to burn some of this extra weight off, I’ll need to work some additional exercise into my commute, typically a 2-mile return commute. What are the choices?

  • 2 miles at a 4-mph pace and at my weight will burn 233 calories. A slightly slower pace for a 20-minute mile and I’ll burn 186 calories…both equal a beer! 
  • If I choose to be lazy and bicycle the 2-miles at 10-12-mph pace, I only burn 99 calories, however, if I take an extended tour and tack on 20 minutes the burn increases to 280-calories…more than covering that beer!

It is good to have choices.

Calculate the benefits of your car-free commute at any number of online calculators, the most robust I found is here.

Do you see your commute as a calorie burning opportunity?


NOTE: I’m fully aware I’ll need to do a little more to slim up than just walk to work–thank you very much. Also fully aware that beer isn’t necessarily the best thing for a diet, however, in moderation, it is a nice coping mechanism.



  1. December 1, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I haven’t been playing basketball lately and have been forgoing driving as much as possible – my commute is definitely a calorie burning opportunity. Remember that if you swing your arms you burn more!

  2. December 1, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Advantage to my weight: I own the paint! Of course, a fast break might kill me. #Tradeoffs

  3. JohnRobertWilliams
    December 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

    YES! Commuting by bike must be a calorie burning form of transportation. Burning ANY fuel is a form of calorie consumption (diesel, av-gas, E85, 87 octane, oatmeal). Its a measure of heat energy use.

    Road rage alert! : Be on the lookout for a Green Ford F-150, Michigan plate # BAB 3014. The male driver (60-ish) HATES bikes…I was just the latest assault attempt by this “licensed to kill” driver, on West Front Street. The TCFD saw it and is aware of it too. This man is very angry! He yells and pushes…he should not be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, IMHO. (He should be out burning calories and burning off his anger on a bike or on foot).

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