Friday, December 3, 2010

Calories Burned

After a conversation I had this morning, I decided to 'give' you all some tools for determining the calories burned in your activities.  One is this calculator from, which I fully admit is not an exercise expert.  But I like this calculator.  Here is one from Self Magazine.  Here is another on from don't find this one as easy to use, but its helpful to note that the results are similar.  There are a million calorie calculators out there and the results vary ... which I think is natural since everyones efforts vary - Think of it this way - the harder you work, the bigger the payoff.

Now, when looking at the calories burned, I want you all to keep in mind that muscle building exercises such as weight lifting (and to an extent yoga) may have a lower 'burn'; however, muscle building stokes your metabolism, leading to more of a 'burn' over the course of a day.

Here are some examples for a 150 pound person:

"Yoga" (90 minutes) which I assume to mean Hatha or Gentle Yoga: About 268 calories

Weight Lifting (45 minutes) Vigorous Effort: About 321 calories

Stationary Bike (60 minutes) Moderate Effort: About 500 calories

Swimming (60 minutes) Moderate Effort: About 500 calories

Rowing (60 minutes) Moderate Effort: About 500 calories

Running (60 minutes) at 10 minute miles: About 714 calories

Jumping Rope (60 minutes...god help you) Moderate Effort: About 714 calories

Power Yoga (90 minutes): About 718 calories

Swimming (60 minutes) Vigorous Effort: About 785 calories

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