How many calories do you burn when you exercise? How many calories do you burn when you exercise?

Physical exercise helps burn calories, turning the nutrients from the foods we eat in our daily diet into energy.

Not all physical activities, however, use the same amount of energy and not all bodies react the same way.

The U.S.D.A. provides a list of the average amount of calories that are burned from doing different exercises for different time periods. These figures are based on the averages for a man that weighs about 154 pounds. Keep in mind that people who weigh more will burn more calories and people who weigh less will burn less.

Moderate physical activity One hour 30 minutes
Hiking 370 185
Dancing 330 165
Playing golf 330 165
Biking (less than 10 miles) 290 145
Walking (3.5 miles) 280 140
Weight lifting 220 110
Extension and flexion exercises 180 90
Vigorous physical activity One hour 30 minutes
Running / jogging (5 miles) 590 295
Biking (over 6 miles) 590 295
Swimming 510 255
Aerobics 480 240
Walking (4.5 miles) 460 230
Weight lifting (heavy) 440 220
Basketball 440 220

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