27 May 2010

Walking.. .. how many calories do your REALLY burn...

I am not exactly an exercise nut.. in fact, I try to avoid it by all means.. but Walking.. yeah I can do that... so I thought this little calculation (at the bottom) would give us all a good handle on what those BRISK walks give on our ROI (return on investment)..

Exactly how many calories you burn when walking will depend on how quickly you walk and how much you weigh. The more you weigh and the faster you walk, the more calories you’ll burn. Walking up hill and pumping your arms while you walk will also help you burn more calories. You can use these formulas to get an estimate of how many calories you can burn by walking.

3.0 miles/hour (20-minute mile): Burns .027 calories/pound/minute.

3.5 miles/hour (17-minute mile): Burns .033 calories/pound/minute.

4.0 miles/hour (15-minute mile): Burns .042 calories/pound/minute.

4.5 miles/hour (13-minute mile): Burns .047 calories/pound/minute.

In other words, if you weigh 150 pounds and you walk at a speed of 3 mph for 60 minutes, you can multiply .027 by 150 by 60 and find that you burned 243 calories.

Be well... and try to do 3 acts of kindness today.. it does the spirit good!!


  1. Walking is the only exercise I love and do regularly. At the gym (on the treadmill) I put up the incline so it gives me more of a workout. I hate running, have tried it and still hate it. So I choose something I love and have done it for 30 years now. Joining the gym next week so I can add in some weights but will still just walk. I try to get over 3.5 miles/hr to get a sweat going.

    Think I will try the 3 acts of kindness today and make it a part of growing better.

  2. Good to know. Now that I'm lifting weights again, I am only walking to warm up - about 12-15 minutes on the treadmill. Now I know the reason for why I should push the speed - what a difference that makes! Very cool - thanks for sharing!

  3. I walk every morning for at least 30 minutes. I have a big dog and he is the best walking buddy. I ride my bike a few times a week and lift free-weights, but I don't really have time to go to the gym. This works for me.

  4. Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, I only enjoy walking when I'm doing going with someone. I prefer doing exercise tapes or my eliptical.

  5. Thanks for posting this, Barbara. I'm with Bonnie, I really prefer walking with someone. The time goes at least twice as fast if I'm gabbing away.

  6. Thanks for the scoop...I'm a huge walker (no pun intended and certainly not for long) and it's what I do to get in better shape to actually start what I consider real exercise.
    The port pain (I'm afraid to even say this out loud) has been absent for 4 days now so I'm thinking I might be out of the woods and ready to bump up my routine to the next level. I'm thinking this weekend would be a great time to start. Then Ed agreed to start doing Zumba with me.
    Love ya Barb