Change Your Choices

Change Your Life…Tips for a healthier you

Burn, baby, Burn!

on June 14, 2011

We have new bikes at the Y that show how many calories you are burning.  I’ve told my class not to believe the number as it is pretty innacurate.  Most machines are defaulted to a 170 pound man so if you are not a 170 pound man, it is not giving you the correct count.  It also does not take exertion into account.  If you really want to know,  you need a machine that allows you to enter your sex, age, and weight to be somewhat accurate.  Just keep in mind, you are not burning as much as you think you are!  My class was shocked that they are not getting rid or 600-700 calories, its really in the 200-300 range for a 45 minute session. 

Burning Calories – 150 at a Time
For a 150-pound person, doing these exercises will burn about 150 calories, a great start to getting into shape: (if you weigh less than 150, you burn less)

  • Walking a mile at a pace of 15 to 20 minutes per mile
  • Swimming laps for 20 minutes
  • Bicycling for 30 minutes
  • Running a mile at a pace of 10 minutes per mile
  • Climbing stairs for 15 minutes
  • Raking leaves for 30 minutes
  • Playing basketball for 15 to 30 minutes
  • Playing volleyball for 45 to 60 minutes
  • Gardening for 30 to 45 minutes
  • Jumping rope for 15 minutes
  • Dancing for 30 minutes

Keep this in mind whe reaching for that extra helping or that evening bowl of ice cream- “How many minutes will it take to get rid of this? “


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