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.
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.
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.
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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.
May 20, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
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