Thursday, 11 January 2018

Counting Calories: How Many Do You Burn In An Average Day?*

Most of us are aware that hitting the gym and working up a sweat burns a host of calories, but did you know that your body uses energy by completing even the most mundane of daily tasks? If you’re keen to shift a few pounds, you may be pleasantly surprised by the number of calories you could burn in an average day without putting in a huge amount of effort. The average recommended calorie intake is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men. To lose weight, you’ll need to use more calories than you consume. The good news is that your body is working all the time, even when you sleep. Did you know that a 7-hour sleep could burn around 382 calories and you can add a further 62 for your morning shower and 66 for half an hour of ironing?

When you’re ready and raring to attack the day, you can increase your calorie burn by driving to work (60 calories for a 30-minute journey) or walking. Walking is the healthier option, scratching off another 149 calories for half an hour at a steady pace of 3.5 mph. When you get to work, take the stairs to add another 15 calories to your daily burn.

Outside of work, daily chores like doing a food shop, cooking dinner and doing the laundry can all contribute to your daily target. Cooking can burn almost 100 calories while pushing a trolley around the supermarket for 30 minutes could add another 130.

Of course, if you’ve got grand plans for weight loss, you may be thinking about upping your exercise intake. An hour of running at 7.5 mph will burn 940 calories while intensive cycling could use more 1,000 calories. If you’re counting calories, check out this infographic for more useful information.

Infographic designed by amount of calories you burn in a day

*Disclaimer: Collaborative content.

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