Whether you like to go for a nice daily stroll or hit the gym hard, there’s a chance you’ve been curious about the amount of calories various workouts burn. And the fact is, not only does the type of workout impact how many calories are burned, but so does the duration of exercise, your pace, intensity, and your age, height, and weight.
“There are so many nuances to burning calories throughout the day,” says Daniel Saltos, certified personal trainer and founder of Train with Danny. “On average, we burn 1500 to 2000 calories a day by just going through our daily lives.” But a 300-pound person who is taller is going to burn more calories than a 150-pound, shorter person burns because the more you weigh, the more energy it takes for your body to function.
What factors impact the amount of caloric burn? A calorie is a unit of energy that’s used to measure weight loss. In order to lose one pound, you have to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in for one pound of weight, the USDA says. Your ability to burn calories is impacted by your age, height, intensity of workout, and duration and pace of your workout.
Excerpted from Prevention