Running: How Many Calories You Burn

Even though we’re not great runners ourselves – it can be an effective activity for fitness and life expectancy. Research shows it brings many benefits to the human body such as strengthening muscles and bones, reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases, and probably the best benefit is that it burns those calories. Running is also pretty cheap compared to other physical activities, simply because you don’t need to spend a lot on equipment. Just grab a good pair of running shoes and you’re good to go.

Today – for all you runners out there – we take a look at how it helps in burning calories.

It burns about 50% more calories than walking, and a 160-pound individual can burn as much as 606 calories per hour by running at a speed of 8 km/h. There is a difference between running outside and running in a gym, as 3-7% more calories are burned by running outside.

People engage in different types of running with jogging and sprinting among the most commonly used. Sprinting for 8 seconds and then doing a slow run for 12 seconds in the span of 20 minutes burns 5 times more fat than jogging 40 minutes in a uniformed speed.

The following list contains a comparison between different running types per hour.

  • Jogging burns 408 calories.

  • Running at 7.4 min/km burns 476 calories.

  • Running at 3.4 min/km burns 1,156 calories.

  • Running cross country burns 544 calories.

  • Running upstairs burns 952 calories.

  • Running at 3.7 min/km burns 1,200 calories.

Let’s take a look at food calories and how much running it takes to burn them.

  • Coca-Cola (330 ml) – 139 calories, 13 minutes.

  • French fries – 460 calories, 44 minutes.

  • Cake – 1,710 calories, 2.43 h.

  • Chocolate – 237 calories, 23 minutes.

  • Pizza – 682 calories, 1.5 h.

  • Burger – 490 calories, 46 minutes.

  • Beer – 245 calories, 23 minutes.

  • Fried chicken – 726 calories, 1.9 h.

It is important to know that one must consume the same amount of calories that his or her body spends in order to maintain ideal weight, consume less to lose weight, and consume more to add weight. It is that simple!

So if you’re a runner – we hope this helps!

14 03 2018 Running Fact

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