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Calorie Burning Comparison Help Between Running, Swimming, Biking

Tck13

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Can someone help me compare the amount of calories between the three exercises?

In other words, I want to see / compare how much swimming = how much running = how much biking.

Since running on a regular basis is pretty much out of the question, I'd like to be able to compare the other exercises to see just how much running I would be doing.

I realize, of course, that not all three exercises are exactly equal (swimming doesn't burn as much fat because of temp., less gravity in water, etc...) I'm just trying to get a general idea if possible.

Swimming and biking are going to be my new cardio activities.
 

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^ Smart ass...
Yeah, I've been googling but I'm finding a lot of contradictory info so I'm curious as to what the geniuses at SF have to say about this topic. Some say running burns more calories (which I believe). Some say that swimming burns more calories than running but running is better for weight loss because one's body temp stays the same when swimming. Whereas, running or biking maintain a higher temp after the exercise resulting in more weight loss? Or, something like that.
So, it seems like the calorie burning of the exercises are pretty different. Plus, since I was kickboxing before I hurt my knee and I'd like to go back to kickboxing, I'd like to be able to compare what kind of shape I'm in doing exercises other than running to what kind of shape I was in when I WAS running. Of course, I'll probably be better off just continuing to google it as opposed to posting about it on SF.
 

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I guess I'm answering my own question. Link

ONE HOUR OF ACTIVITY 155 LBS 190 LBS

CARDIO

Running, 12 minutes per mile 562 689
Running, 10 minutes per mile 703 862
Running, 8 minutes per mile 879 1,077
Running, 7 minutes per mile 984 1,207
Running up stairs 1,055 1,293
Swimming laps, freestyle,
vigorous effort 703 862
Swimming laps, freestyle,
moderate effort 562 689
Bicycling, 12-13.9 mph,
moderate effort 562 689
Bicycling, 16-19 mph,
very fast 844 1034
Mountain biking 598 733
Bicycling, stationary,
moderate effort 492 603
Bicycling, stationary,
vigorous effort 738 905
Walking, pushing or pulling
a stroller with child 176 215
Walking, up stairs 562 689
Walking, 3 mph, moderate pace,
level surface 246 302
Walking, 4.5 mph, brisk pace,
level surface 316 388
Walking, 3.5 mph, uphill 422 517
Rowing, stationary, moderate effort 492 603
Rowing, stationary, vigorous effort 598 733

RESISTANCE TRAINING

Weightlifting, vigorous effort 422 517
Weightlifting, light or
moderate effort 211 259

RECREATION

Fishing in a stream,
in waders 422 517
Ice fishing, sitting 141 172
Stretching (hatha yoga) 281 345

CHORES

Washing car, vigorous effort 316 388
Vacuuming 176 215
Grocery shopping 246 302
Making your bed 141 172
Moving furniture 422 517
Sweeping 281 345
Auto repair 211 259
Installing rain gutters 422 517
Hanging storm windows 352 431
Painting 316 388
Chopping wood 422 517
Mowing the lawn 422 517
Operating a snowblower 316 388
Shoveling snow 422 517
Baling hay 562 689
Milking a cow 211 259

SPORTS

Basketball 562 689
Billiards 176 215
Bowling 211 259
Boxing (punching a heavy bag) 422 517
Football, touch or flag 562 689
Golf, carrying clubs 387 474
Golf, using a cart 246 302
Handball 844 1034
Judo, jujitsu, karate, kickboxing,
tae kwon do 703 862
Racquetball 492 603
Rope jumping, moderate effort 703 862
Soccer 492 603
Tai chi 281 345
Tennis, singles 562 689
Backpacking 492 603
Hiking 422 517
Kayaking 352 431
Snorkeling 352 431
Surfing, body or board
variety 211 259

AT WORK

Desk work 127 155
Carpentry 246 302
Fire fighting (climbing ladder
with full gear) 773 948
Policing (making an arrest) 562 689
Sitting in a meeting 105 129
Bartending 176 215
Making photocopies 176 215
Walking around the office
at a moderate pace 246 302

WINTER SPORTS

Ice hockey 562 689
Ice skating, 9 mph 387 474
Ice skating, over 9 mph 633 776
Cross-country skiing, 4.0-4.9 mph,
moderate effort 562 689
Cross-country skiing, 5.0-7.9 mph,
vigorous effort 633 776
Cross-country skiing, uphill 1,160 1,422
Curling 281 345
Downhill skiing, moderate effort 422 517
Sledding, tobogganing,
bobsledding, luge 492 603
Snowshoeing 562 689
Snowmobiling 246 302

MISCELLANEOUS

Watching television or a movie 70 86
Sleeping 63 78
Gardening 352 431
Reading 91 112
Toweling off
after a shower 281 345
Sex, vigorous effort 105 129
Sex, moderate effort 91 112

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Sex, vigorous effort 105 129
Hmmm...I swear there's a zero missing at the end.
 

Tokyo Slim

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Originally Posted by DNW
Hmmm...I swear there's a zero missing at the end.
If drying yourself after a shower burns more than 2x the calories of an hour of vigorous sex... I think you are doing something wrong. Maybe you need a bigger towel?
Toweling off after a shower 281 345 Sex, vigorous effort 105 129
 

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Originally Posted by Tck13
I guess I'm answering my own question. Link

this is ridiculous

fishing burns the same amount of calories as weightlifting with "vigorous effort"

heh
 

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Sounds like somebody from mens health made up most of those.

Along the same lines of them claiming for every 1 lb of muscle you have you will burn 50 calories a day.
 

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Originally Posted by 1969
If desk work burns 155 calories per hour then you could say that just doing nothing burns 3700 calories a day. That ain't right.

Except you don't do desk work 24 hours a day. Sleeping and watching TV burns much less calories. Plus, you aren't taking into account how much you eat.
 

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How many calories does eating burn?
 

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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
How many calories does eating burn?


About 11 calories/hr. I think I might need to incorporate this into my sex regiment; every calorie helps.
 

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You can't swim downhill. Biking is a lot of time spent coasting or with minimum effort.
 

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Originally Posted by greg_atlanta
You can't swim downhill. Biking is a lot of time spent coasting or with minimum effort.

+1

I would say swimming is on par with running for calorie burning. But if I want to lose a few pounds, running (and cycling) works much better since I'm not that hungry afterwards. For cycling, you have to spend a lot of time on your bike or push yourself really hard for about 90 minutes to get something equivalent to a one hour run.
 

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