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Interactive Tool: How Many Calories Did You Burn?

What does this tool help you learn?

This interactive tool estimates how many calories are burned during common activities. The food you eat is measured in calories. The energy you use every day is also measured in calories. You are using energy all the time, even at rest. The more vigorous the activity and the longer the time you do it, the more calories you burn.

Adapted with permission from: Ainsworth BE, Haskell WL, Herrmann SD, Meckes N, Bassett Jr DR, Tudor-Locke C, Greer JL, Vezina J, Whitt-Glover MC, Leon AS. 2011 Compendium of Physical Activities: a second update of codes and MET values. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2011;43(8):1575–1581.

What do the results mean?

Your results estimate how many calories you burn doing a specific activity, whether it is housecleaning, gardening, skiing, running, or sitting still. How hard you work (the intensity) will play a role in the calories that you burn. For example, you may choose to do an activity with moderate effort or vigorous effort. This tool can help you think about the many activities you can do to improve your fitness and health.

What's next?

Start building more physical activity into your daily life. You don't have to "work out" to be active. The cumulative effect of lots of various activities can improve your health and help you burn calories. For more information, see the topic Fitness: Getting and Staying Active.

References

Other Works Consulted

  • McArdle WD, et al. (2010). Human energy expenditure during rest and physical activity. In Exercise Physiology: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance, 7th ed., pp. 192–205. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Credits

Current as of: January 16, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Heather Chambliss PhD - Exercise Science

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