Calories Burned During Exercise

The amount of calories you burn while exercising depends on your body weight, exertion and type of exercise.  Weight loss isn’t only calories in vs calories out, or we’d all be in shape! But it is interesting to know approximately how many calories you do burn when exercising.

What is a good way to determine the calories burned?  One solution is to use the Metabolic Equivalent of Task value. Every activity has its own MET value.  That is the value that reflects how much oxygen your body consumes doing the activity.

You’ll input the MET value into this  calorie formula to get the calorie burn for a specific activity. Follow the steps and you’ll have an idea of what you are burning when doing your regular exercise.

Step 1:  Convert your weight in pounds to kilograms by dividing by 2.2. For example, if you weigh 176 pounds then you weigh 80 kilograms.

Step 2:  Look up the MET value of the activity that you performed. These figures are available from the websites of the National Cancer Institute and the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine as well as in the Compendium of Physical Activities Tracking Guide, which is available on the website of the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health. For example, general cycling has a MET value of 8.0.

Step 3: Multiply the MET value by your weight in kilograms. If you weigh 80 kilograms and perform an activity like cycling with a MET value of 8.0, for example, this would give you 640 as a product.

Step 4: Multiply the product by the time you performed the activity in hours to get the number of calories you burned. For example, if you cycled for 30 minutes then you would multiply 640 by 0.5 to get 320 calories.

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