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Less than 2 percent of Americans bike daily, according to a 2011 study in the "American Journal of Public Health." But those who do are getting a great cardiovascular workout and burning plenty of calories. You can easily work cycling into your routine by biking to work. How many calories you burn on a five-mile commute will vary based on your speed and weight.
Biking at a speed of 12 mph, you'll burn 121 calories in a five-mile commute if you weigh 110 pounds. But if you weigh 150 pounds, this calorie burn will increase to 160 calories. At 180 pounds, you can expect the daily trips to burn 188 calories. And if you weigh in at 200 pounds, expect to burn about 206 calories on your way to work.
If you increase your speed to a quicker 15 mph pace, you can expect an increased calorie burn of about 10 percent. If you weigh 110 pounds, you will burn 135 calories cycling five miles to work. At 150 pounds, your calorie burn will be around 178. If you weigh 180 pounds, this will go up to 211 calories, and if you weigh 200 pounds, you will burn about 232 calories.
If you're able to bike five miles to work at a fast pace of 17 mph, your calorie burn will increase even more. For a 110-pound individual, this means burning 150 calories for the trip. At 150 pounds, you can expect your calorie burn to reach 199. If you weigh 180 pounds, you will burn about 247 calories, and at 200 pounds you will burn 260 calories.
Biking for five miles at a speed of 19 mph is no easy task, but if you can do it you'll be rewarded with a high calorie burn. Even a lightweight cyclist weighing in at 110 pounds can expect to burn 174 calories commuting at this speed. At 150 pounds, this will go up to 232 calories. You will burn 276 calories if you weigh 180 pounds. At 200 pounds, you will burn 305 calories on your way to work.