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how many calories burned in a mile?

How many calories would an average woman burn by walking 1 mile?

Wed. Aug 16, 2:28pm

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calories burned in a mile

here is a link to a calories-burned calculator.


Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 2:33 PM

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It really depends on how much an average woman weighs. (I have no idea.) That's why the calculator works best if you have a specific woman in mind.

I do know that, with the exception of running <7 min/miles, running and walking use the same number of calories per mile. Fast running is more inefficient and uses more.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 2:37 PM

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If an average woman weighs 150 pounds, and walks at a speed of 3 mph, then she would walk 1 mile in 20 minutes, burning 75 calories.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 2:41 PM

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I just put in my weight (117 lbs), for 20 minutes at 3mph (1 mile), and it said I'd burn 58 calories.

Then I put in my weight, for 15 minutes at 4mph (1 mile, again), and it said I'd burn 64 calories.

So I guess pace has something to do with it... ???

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 3:14 PM

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Since you weigh 117 pounds, and not 150 pounds, you are doing less "weight lifting" while walking, hence less calories burned.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 3:45 PM

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yes, pace definitely affects the calories burned. so does the amount of incline and/or resistance (walking on a beach is more of a workout than on a sidewalk).

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 3:47 PM

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>Since you weigh 117 pounds, and not 150 pounds, you are doing less "weight lifting" while walking, hence less calories burned.

Darn! You mean the more we weigh, the fitter we will get?! OK, OK, I didn't want to, but I guess I have to go eat that entire strawberry rhubarb pie and tub of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, after all. :-)

Wednesday, August 16, 2006, 6:54 PM

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8-16, 3:45 poster

i don't think your post makes sense, at least not as a response to the poster above you. could you explain a little more so i get it? thanks!

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 9:31 AM

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117 lbs here

I think the poster meant that it makes sense that I, at 117 lbs, burn less than the 150-lb woman, as it should take less effort to move 117 lbs than it does to move 150 lbs (think about it like dragging a sack of potatoes or something).

My question, though, was about pace, since I always thought that you'd burn the same amount of calories by traveling 1 mile whether you did it in 10 minutes, 15, or 20. You'd burn more cals per hour going faster, but I thought it was the same cals per mile. (That's what the 2:37pm poster was saying as well) But, according to the calculator, that's not qute true.

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 10:34 AM

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as far as distance and different calories burned...

check out this partial article:

"Q: I've started walking on a treadmill and it seems like I burn more calories when I walk for a longer period of time, as opposed to when I walk faster and for a shorter time period. I assumed that walking faster would burn more calories. Can you explain?
A: Well, the confusion begins with distance, time and speed. In order to compare the amount of calories you burn walking at a slow pace to the amount of calories you burn walking at a fast pace, you must keep the distance the same.

You can only compare apples to apples. Let's compare a two-mile walk to a two-mile run. A run or a fast walk over the same distance will always require more work/calorie expenditure than a slow walk over the same distance.

Take time out of the equation and just think logically. If I told you to walk from your house to the store which is two miles away, and then I told you on the second day to walk fast to the store, which one is going to cause you the most fatigue? The fast walk is always going to require more work and burn more calories.

Let's look at what parameters we can change in a walk to make someone burn more calories: Speed, terrain, distance, weight and time.

You will burn more calories walking fast or running compared to walking slow. You will burn more calories walking up hill compared to walking on flat land. You will burn more calories walking a longer distance compared to a shorter distance. You will burn more calories wearing a 10-pound walkvest compared to no walkvest. You will burn more calories walking the same speed for 30 minutes compared to walking the same speed for 20 minutes."

what i conclude is that a 150 lb person walking with a 117 lb person at the same rate, at the same incline will burn more calories, correct?

Thursday, August 17, 2006, 10:40 AM

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