Calories Burned Per Minute By walking

Submitted by Kevin Pederson on February 20, 2012

Walking is one of the simplest forms of exercise which helps to burn calories and improves physical fitness. On an average, when an individual walks at moderate speed, while walking the calories burned per minute are 4. A man weighing 170 to 180 pounds or a woman weighing 150 to 160 pounds, walking at a speed of 3 miles per hour will burn 4 calories.

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People who are overweight stand to lose more calories while walking. When walking the calories burned are also determined by the height and body frame of the individual. Other factors that come into play here include distance covered, duration of walking and speed of walking.


Many individuals wonder about the number of calories burned in walking vs running. When walking and running, the calories burned do not vary all that greatly. It is a misconception that running leads to greater calorie burning than walking. The MET or metabolic equivalents vary for different activities according to the rate of calorie burning per kilogram per hour. For instance, an individual weighing 150 pounds who is simply sitting for one hour will burn 1 MET, which is 68 calories each hour. The number of calories burned per mile and per hour is similar. Walking will burn 2 to 8 MET depending on the speed, while running will burn 8 to 18 MET. This may appear to be a large difference. However, the duration of the exercise also matters. The MET increases with increasing speed.

A walking calorie counter enables you to calculate the calories burned while walking for a certain duration or distance. This also helps you to formulate an appropriate diet so that you can keep a track of the food you eat. Therefore your diet can be changed according to the requirements of your exercise program. When walking, the calories burned can also be kept track of with the help of pedometers. A pedometer tracks the calories burned by counting the number of steps taken, walking stride and weight of the individual. Opt for digital pedometers as these are more accurate than the mechanical ones. When walking, the calories burned can be maximized, but you need to walk with the correct technique. This will allow for easy breathing and also protect you from back pain. The correct walking technique involves standing straight without arching the back or leaning forwards and backwards. Look forward with the chin parallel to the ground, relax the shoulders and draw in the stomach. Then tuck in the buttocks and rotate the hips slightly forwards. Proper arm motion while walking is also important as this adds power to the exercise.

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