View Full Version : Average Calories Burned During Physical Activity

12-12-2004, 06:21 PM
How many calories do common exercise and daily activities burn?

Sedentary Activities Energy Costs in Cals/Hour*
Lying down or sleeping - 90
Sitting quietly - 84
Sitting and writing, card playing, etc. - 114

Moderate Activities (150-350 cal/hr)
Bicycling (5 mph) - 174
Bicycling (6 mph) - 240
Canoeing (2.5 mph) - 174
Dancing (Ballroom) - 210
Gardening - 323
Golf (twosome, carrying clubs) - 324
Horseback riding (sitting to trot) - 246
Light housework, cleaning, etc - 246
Swimming (crawl, 20 yards/min) - 288
Swimming (25 yds/min) - 275
Tennis (recreational doubles) - 312
Volleyball (recreational) - 264
Walking (2 mph) - 198 to 240
Walking (3 mph) - 320
Walking (4 1/2 mph) - 440

Vigorous Activities (over 350 cal/hr)
Aerobic dancing - 546
Basketball (recreational) - 450
Bicycling (12 mph) - 410
Bicycling (13 mph) - 612
Circuit weight training - 756
Cross-country skiing (5 mph) - 690
Football (touch, vigorous) - 498
Ice skating (9 mph) - 384
Jogging (10 minute mile, 6 mph) - 654
Jogging (5 1/2 mph) - 740
Jogging (7 mph) - 920
Jumping rope - 750
Racquetball - 588
Roller skating (9 mph) - 384
Running in place - 650
Running (10 mph) - 1280
Scrubbing floors - 440
Swimming (50 yds/min) - 500
Swimming (crawl, 45 yards/min) - 522
Tennis (recreational singles) - 450

*Hourly estimates based on values calculated for calories burned per minute for a 150 pound (68 kg) person. The calories spent in a particular activity vary in proportion to one's body weight. For example, a 1 00-pound person burns 1/3 fewer calories, so you would multiply the number of calories by 0.7. For a 200-pound person, multiply by 1.3.
Working harder or faster for a given activity will only slightly increase the calories spent. A better way to burn up more calories is to increase the time spent on your activity.

Phil in Paris
12-12-2004, 06:37 PM
Kissing can burn around 120-325 calories an hour, or around 2-5 calories a minute. Engaging in long make-out sessions with your partner is not only good for your relationship; it is also good for your waistline. A 10 minute make-out session with your partner each morning and each evening could burn up to 100 calories a day. Thatís 36,500 calories a year, or just over 10 pounds worth of weight loss. When was the last time you made out with your partner?

According to an Italian professor, even undressing can burn off calories. Unclasping a bra with two hands burns 8 calories, while unclasping it with only one hand burns up 18 calories. Unclasping it with your mouth can burn 87 calories.

You donít have to have a partner to enjoy the calorie-burning effects of sex. Masturbation can burn up the calories, as well. You can lose between 100-150 calories for each act of masturbation, according to the Young Peopleís Reproductive and Sexual Health & Rights Organization. You can raise that amount to around 300 calories, though, through a 5 minute vigorous masturbation session, according to Japanese scientist Dr. Shukan Tokuho.

The ďaverageĒ lovemaking session burns between 50 and 100 calories. Having sex 3 times a week burns 7500 calories per year. That's the equivalent of jogging 75 miles. The more intense the sex, the more calories are burned: up to 15,000 calories annually (at a frequency of three times weekly). 15,000 calories equals over 4 pounds of weight loss per year, just from having sex three times a week.

Experts estimate that an orgasm can burn between 60-100 calories. Losing weight has never been so much fun!

12-12-2004, 06:52 PM
I LOVE Phils calorie burning ideas!!! Can't wait for my baby to get home to start burning those calories off QUICK!!!!!:dance: :dance: Hugs:p

12-30-2004, 11:53 PM
Phil, why are you so charming???

That was enjoyable, thanks for sharing! :p


12-30-2004, 11:57 PM
Wow, no wonder I've lost 25 lbs without really trying! :D

01-01-2005, 08:02 AM
Somehow Phil's reasoning makes more sense and sounds more fun!!!

mrs arh
01-01-2005, 11:25 AM
So what Phil is really saying is," Its my husbands fault that I have gained weight, and I will lose it when he comes home"

I've never been so excited about losing weight before.

And I may do some of what "TNC" said too.


01-01-2005, 12:47 PM
Hmmmmmmm, maybe I should get myself a lover??? Makes the skin glow too I heard.............