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.
This tool also uses your weight to
calculate calories burned, because a heavier person burns more calories during
activity than a lighter person.
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.
Interactive tools are designed to help people determine health risks, ideal weight, target heart rate, and more.
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.
permission from: Ainsworth BE (2002). The Compendium of Physical Activities Tracking Guide. Columbia, SC: Prevention Research
Center, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina.
Ainsworth BE (2002). Compendium of Physical Activities Tracking Guide. Columbia, SC: Prevention Research Center, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. Available online: http://prevention.sph.sc.edu/tools/compendium.htm.
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.
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