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Old 01-23-2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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I am having issues calculating calories I burned today. I walked for 40 min today. 1/2 of it was in 7-8 inches of snow and the rest of it was in about an inch of snow. I walked a total of 1.32 miles and I also carried 2 2lb weights. I know it is more than regular walking but I cant find how many cals. Can anyone help me?? PLEASEEEE?

 
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:38 PM   #2
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Was your heart rate up? Did you keep it up for most of your walk? It is just about impossible to calculate your calories with so many factors including your weight and your effort. I would say a very ball park guess would be somewhere between 150 and 300 calories depending on the above factors.

 
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:37 PM   #3
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I always advise AGAINST counting calories burned during a workout. Why? Well 1. you don't know and 2. it doesn't really tell you much. The reason is that calories burned from exercise DURING exercise are NOT what helps you to lost weight and/or remain fit. It is the raising of the metabolism and the additional calories due to that metabolism that are burned the rest of the day that contribute to fitness and weight loss. If you walk for an hour and burn 300 calories, vs. if you run for 30 minutes and burn 500 calories, the run will boost your metabolism throughout the day much more that the 500 vs. 300 caloric expenditure would indicate in comparing the workouts. By the end of the day, you may end up buring an extra 1800 calories from the run whereby the walk may net you only 600 extra.

 
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I agree Runner that calorie expenditure is a waste of time for the most part and traps people into a mindset that can be counterproductive. I never think about my calories burned during my workout routines. To me it is irrelevant. If your mindset is calories burned as a goal as opposed to all the overall benefits from exercise I think it is a recipe for eventual failure.
Enjoy your walk for what it is. You can challenge yourself to bring your fitness level up which in turn will burn more calories in the long run.

 
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