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How Many Calories Does Jogging Burn?
The easiest way to answer this question would be to point you in the direction of the excellent calorie counter on HealthStatus.com where you can basically find out the calorie burn information for any activity. All you have to do is plug in your weight and the amount of time you want to perform the activity and the calorie counter will spit out an estimate based on the numbers you’ve provided. For example, if you were a 150 lb person and you jogged for 60 minutes straight, you would burn about 477 calories during that time period.
Another way to figure out how many calories you will burn by jogging would be to use the calorie counter on a treadmill. When you put in the speed, incline or program you are performing, the machine will estimate the amount of calories you’ve burned during that time period. Unfortunately, this isn’t the most accurate measurement because it doesn’t take into account an individual’s weight. Most cardio machines are calibrated for a 150 lb person. A thinner person will not burn as many calories as a heavier person so in all honesty the number may either be higher or lower than what the machine displays. Also, a person who is a more experienced jogger will not burn as many calories doing the same routine as a beginner.
If you want to figure out a better estimate, find your weight range and use the calories burned per minute estimates to figure out where you would fit in. Then take the number and multiply it by the amount of time you want to spend jogging. For example, 8.6 calories burned per minute x 60 minutes = 516 calories burned for a person between 105 – 125 lbs jogging for 60 minutes.
For a person weighing between 105 – 121 lbs: 8.6 calories burned per minute.
For a person weighing between 122 – 148 lbs: 9.2 calories burned per minute.
For a person weighing between 149 – 175 lbs: 11.5 calories burned per minute.
For a person weighing 176 and above: 12.7 calories burned per minute.
Unfortuna tely, this method doesn’t take into account a person’s conditioning or how hard they are exerting themselves, so the results can be flawed from those accounts as well. Remember, intensity counts because the harder you work out, the more calories your body will burn as it fuels you to perform at a higher level. You can increase the intensity by adjusting your speed, distance, amount of time, and terrain/incline. All of these factors play a role in how many calories you will burn jogging.
These methods are all just estimates and will help you to get an idea of how many calories you burn, but aside from hooking yourself up with state-of-the-art instrumentation to measure calorie expenditure, you will only be able to guesstimate where you are at. Knowing the amount of calories burned is a luxury, so don’t get too caught up in what you are expending. Just make sure that when you work out you get your heart rate going and work up a nice sweat. If you continue to challenge yourself and enjoy your time jogging, you will find that the weight will fall off whether you look at calorie expenditure or not.
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HealthStatus.com (2011, February 12). Calorie Burn Estimator. Retrieved from http://www.healthstatus.com/cgi-bin/calc/calculator.cgi
EzineArticles.com (2011, February 12). Calories Burned Jogging - Don't Be Fooled. Retrieved from http://ezinearticles.com/?Calories-Burned-Jogging---Dont-Be-Fooled&id=2218837