# Calories burned walking...just so I can bury it for myself

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Walking at 3.5-4mph is fairly low intensity, so a higher proportion of the gross calories burned are from merely being alive. If you are looking for the *net* calories burned you get something like the formula mentioned above. These are the additional calories that you would not already be burning by just existing. If you use gross calories you end up overestimating--this is one of the reasons many people eat back less than 100% of their MFP exercise calories (or start asking questions about plateauing even though they have upped their exercise).
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It takes me 30 minutes to walk 2 miles on an incline. Based on the calculation above (weight x .3 x distance) I am only burning 103.8 calories in 30 minutes? Yikes. I always thought I was burning double that, 100 calories per mile.
That calculation assumes no net change in elevation and no severe inclines. If you are on a treadmill on an incline, or hiking technical trails, it will not hold.
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edited September 2016
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Try this calculator. It uses the corrected METs values for walking and also shows what you burned by doing the actual exercise (ie net calorie burn) vs gross burn.

http://scoobysworkshop.com/calories-burned/
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I just go with 200 cal/hour and I walk approx. 5 km/hour so that's approx. 100 cal/2.5 km, or in old money, 100 cal/1.5 miles.
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Bodyweight in lbs x 0.3 x distance

So for my morning walks, I am 240 right now and I walk .75 mile every morning so that's 54 calories?

1.2 km ... yeah, 54 calories sounds about right.

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It takes me 30 minutes to walk 2 miles on an incline. Based on the calculation above (weight x .3 x distance) I am only burning 103.8 calories in 30 minutes? Yikes. I always thought I was burning double that, 100 calories per mile.

And again, yes, 100 cal/30 min sounds about right.

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Guys, don't forget that walking is a very simple exercise for your body. One foot never leaves the ground, and the amount of muscles involved is fairly limited even if you walk faster. If you run you propel yourself up in the air against gravity. Both feet are off the ground at the same time and much more muscles are involved. I think the equation for running is 0.67* weight in lbs* distance.

There are a couple of papers that show that speed does play a role, but it's extremely tiny and not necessary to take into account for everyday running or walking activities. These two equations are perfect. Of course things would look a bit different if you moved yourself up an incline (it probably levels out if you move down again, thus again: not important), or if you walk against a storm unless you walk with the storm back home again.
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one generalisation i read was you burn the same number of calories as your weight in kilos per kilometer (a 50kg person will lose 50 cal/km). No idea about the accuracy though.
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Looks to be about 30% over from my perspective.
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Looks to be about 30% over from my perspective.

I agree. It might be gross calories though.
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You would be burning 80 calories net per mile or 108 gross. I find this calculator to be pretty accurate.

http://www.exrx.net/Calculators/WalkRunMETs.html
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For 12 miles in a day I just put down 700 calories burned. Makes it simple for me. I don't eat them back. When I do it is 4 or 500 of them. I am 205 lbs now. Walking has been a Godsend to me this past year. The physical part is one thing but the real kicker was the glue it removed from my brain in processing, emotion, energy. I think that is the most important.

Thanks again for the help.

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If you want something that's semi accurate you'll need to wear a HR strap and use a good app of some sort paired with it. Everyone is different, nobody is going to fit into a standard formula.

I wouldn't trust half of the HRMs out there to come even close and we're not all that different......it's physics; mass x distance (the variability of individual metabolic rates - save those with a serious metabolic disorder - is less consequential than you'd think. we all want to be special flowers but the truth is that we're remarkably homogeneous)

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