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Exercise and Calories Burned

RU Feeling the Burn?

            Is walking to the dining hall the only physical activity you are getting? While following a balanced diet is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle, getting enough physical activity is also a recommended complimentary course of action.

           Current public health recommendations say that adults should perform at least two and a half hours of physical activity per week.  Physical activities are recommended to be performed in increments of at least ten minutes, an example of this would be a brisk ten minute walk on your way to the dining hall. In the long term, having a physically active lifestyle may reduce the risk of many diseases.

             Think you are too busy?  Remember that some physical activity is better than none at all! Check out the chart below for a variety of ways a college student can burn calories in just 2.5 hours.

Activity

Calories Burned in 2.5 Hours (150 minutes)

Shopping

405

Housework

495

Bowling

518

Weightlifting

585

Shooting Hoops

765

Walking

878

Gardening

922

Dancing

1,012

Swimming

1,035

Rearranging Furniture

1,125

Jogging

1,192

*All figures are approximate. Calculations based on a 150 lb person.

Don’t let the buses be the only things moving on campus

Revised By: Saniyah Khan                                   Reviewed By: Dr. Daniel Hoffman – Department of Nutritional Sciences
References: HHS Announces Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Available at: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2008pres/10/20081007a.html. Accessed on: 10/28/12. About the Calorie Burn Calculator. Available at: http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/cbc. Accessed on: 10/24/12
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