How Many Calories Do You Burn While Walking? A Hobbit’s Guide to Walking (with Calorie Calculator)

How Many Calories Do You Burn While Walking? A Hobbit’s Guide to Walking (with Calorie Calculator)

There’s two things every nerd should know:

  1. How many calories do I shrivel walking a mile?
  2. How far is it to Mordor?

Today, we’re answering both of them (and much more).

Walking is a unconfined form of exercise and something we often recommend to folks starting our coaching program. Some have had unconfined success walking, including Megan, who has a daily practice to maintain her weight loss journey.

Megan surpassing and after

Here’s what we’ll cover:

Without remoter ado, let’s step right in.

How Many Calories Does Walking Burn? (Calorie Calculator)

In true Nerd Fitness fashion, we scienced the crap out of this, and plane created a handy calculator for you – simply put your stats in the calculator here:

Calculate Calories Burned While Walking Calculator

Calculate Calories Burned While Walking Calculator

Enter your weight in pounds.
Enter the loftiness walked in miles. Partial miles is fine (e.g. 1.5)
We used the formulas and information found on this page for this calculator

A few things to remember well-nigh the whilom equation:

There’s a difference between gross calories (total calories) expended and net calories (additional calories) expended! Your soul burns most of its calories every day JUST by existing.

  • Gross calories: calories burned while walking PLUS the calories burned just existing
  • Net calories: ADDITIONAL calories you burned thanks to exercise.

(Calculate your calories “in” and “out” with this calculator.)

Also, our numbering is an ESTIMATE. You’re a unique snowflake, and no box or formula can capture your awesomeness/uniqueness. This equation unelevated is JUST a starting point!

Also, if you don’t finger like playing with our calculator (boo), here’s how many calories you shrivel walking:

On average, a mile burns well-nigh 100 calories when walking.

Another point: ANY exercise pales in comparison to a much increasingly important part of the weight loss equation: nutrition.

It’s what Megan credits most of her weight loss journey to.

Megan surpassing and after

If you’ve come this far, and you want to learn increasingly well-nigh why walking is so amazing, protract reading.

And you’re damn right, I’ll show you exactly how to walk to Mordor too.

What Are The Benefits of Walking?

Walking withal roads or hiking can shrivel a lot of calories

We are designed to walk. It’s in our DNA, and it’s a huge part of our emergence as the dominant species on this planet (along with opposable thumbs, big brains, and Nintendo).

Let’s get the vital stuff out of the way:

Every day, it’s recommended by the CDC that we walk virtually five miles, or 10,000 steps.[1]

Hence the reason why your Fitbit – which I’ll get to shortly – has that 10k step goal as its default number.

Unfortunately, we Americans tend to stereotype HALF that: 2.5 miles or 5,000 steps.

And I’d imagine that people who work outdoors or have increasingly physically zippy jobs stilt that stereotype wayyyy up.

Which leaves us sedentary jockeys, who don’t walk nearly enough.

Animated gif of man coming home from work and sitting at computer

We use our feet to get us from the front door, to our car, to our desk, to our car, to our front door, to our couch… where we put them up while watching four hours of TV surpassing going to bed.

Not walking unbearable can be a big factor in the creep-up of weight proceeds over the years.

You might have questions like:

  • Can I walk increasingly to lose weight?
  • Is walking REALLY good for me?
  • Do I need to do increasingly intense exercise?

Long story short:

You should walk increasingly and it can help you lose weight and be healthier.

Short story long…

Here’s why walking is important:

#1) Walking burns calories without exhausting you. If you walk the recommended mileage each day (5 miles instead of just 2.5), it can lead to a tremendous value of weight loss over time. You’ll shrivel an uneaten 100 calories walking just ONE increasingly mile each day than normal: When that’s multiplied out, it’s an uneaten 700 calories burned per week, which results in approximately a pound of fat lost every five weeks, or 10 pounds in a year. You can scale up your distances to get your desired results!

#2) Walking doesn’t add to training stress. If you are strength training regularly, subtracting in increasingly weight training or running can lead to burnout, breakdowns, and injuries. If you are trying to look like a super-hero, uneaten cardio sessions (or long-distance cardio sessions) might skiver your gains. But you can just walk. You can walk unconfined distances, provided you’ve built up your body’s physical ability, and not get tired or sore – walking (especially outside while soaking in some sunlight) can make you finger better, not worse.

#3) Walking is low impact. Unlike running, which can wreak havoc on people’s joints if they run improperly or are severely overweight, walking doesn’t have those impact issues. If you go for a walk and your feet or joints hurt, you’re doing it wrong – read the next section!

#4) Walking can shrivel fat. Because walking is low impact and low intensity, your soul doesn’t need to pull much glycogen and glucose stores to fuel itself, which happens when you strength train or push yourself into “aerobic training” with higher intensity cardio. Proponents of intermittent fasting suggest walking in a fasted state in the morning surpassing eating anything in order to help shrivel uneaten fat. It’s a little controversial, so this will have to be something you struggle and measure for yourself.

#5) Walking relieves stress. Seriously! Put on your favorite playlist, and go for a pleasant walk virtually your neighborhood or through the woods as the sun is going down. It’s a recipe to forget the worries of your day.

Bonus points if you can get someone to follow you with a boombox:

Man skipping followed by woman holding a boombox

#6) Walking improves mental health (especially in older hobbits). Walking can modernize mental health, increase smart-ass size, modernize memory, and is correlated with improved, longer lifespans.[2]

How Walking Can Transpiration Your Life

crossing three stepping stones in a river

If you are severely overweight and can’t run or strength train, walk on.

If you are towers muscle and bulking up, walk on.

If you are trying to lose weight, walk on.

If you struggle with pursuit a routine, or have failed in the past with weight loss, walk on.

Why? I’m a HUGE fan of small habit change and tiny victories – walking is the PERFECT habit builder. If you’re trademark new and starting out, go for a walk TODAY and uncork your journey to Mordor.

This afternoon, go for a five-minute walk. Tomorrow morning surpassing work, surpassing breakfast, as SOON as you wake up, put on your shoes, and go outside for a five-minute walk. No snoozing, no lying in bed, no checking email or Twitter. Put on your headphones, pick your favorite song, go outside, and start walking.

Here’s why:

  • Walking for just five minutes a day is the start of a new habit. Every morning for a few weeks, you’ll have to gravity yourself to walk. Initially, it will take effort and willpower to walk instead of snoozing. However, with each passing day of success, you’ll need to use less effort and willpower to get out the door. After all, it’s only five minutes, right? Once it’s something you do automatically without thinking, you can add on to it by increasing your walk time.
  • Walking briskly outdoors in the fresh morning air can be a unconfined caffeine-free wake up call! If you make walking the FIRST thing you do in the morning, expressly if you’re doing it surpassing everyone else is awake, there will be zero distractions and no reason to say “sorry, I didn’t have time.” Of course, we like caffeine too (in moderation).
  • Walking will requite you a endangerment to gather your thoughts and well-spoken your throne surpassing the day begins. We’re constantly distracted at home: TV, iPads, smartphones, etc. Walking is so primal – no gadgets, just walking. Many people cite walking as the impetus for their creative or intelligent breakthroughs.
  • Walking and successfully building a habit will requite you a habit tabulation to follow for anything else you’d like to accomplish: “Hey, I was worldly-wise to make walking a habit, what else can I tackle in the same way?” Slow and steady wins. One foot in front of the other, my friend.

How to Walk Properly

Footprints in the sand

“Uhhh, Steve, I know how to walk. I do it every day!”

Welp, if you’re starting from only walking from your car to the office, we need to make sure you’re walking the right way for when you push that mileage up.

Let’s start with your feet, provided you’re not gonna glue hair to your feet and go barefoot to wilt a hobbit.

I recommend walking in shoes that have a wide toe box and minimal waif (height at the heel vs height at the toes), as we discuss in our monster post on healthy feet and footwear:

You might not be used to walking with minimal cushioning under your heels, so walk slowly and land softly. Walking on softer surfaces to start isn’t a bad idea either.

We were designed surpassing the invention of big clunky shoes… thus, we should be worldly-wise to walk without big clunky shoes.[3] If you are interested in going barefoot as a runner, get started by walking short distances first. Your feet will toughen up (though they probably won’t grow hair quite like Frodo and Sam), your joints and muscles virtually your feet and ankles will strengthen, and your knees will deal with less stress.

When going for a lazy stroll, focus on landing softly, which is much easier when you don’t have thick-soled shoes to cocoon your stride: land softly with your heel barely touching surpassing rolling onto the middle (ball) of your foot, and then push off. You might need to take shorter strides than you’re used to if you were a big heel striker with a long stride.

If you’re aiming to walk quickly and up the intensity, shorten your stride and aim to land in the middle of your foot while pumping your arms. This is increasingly hands washed-up when walking uphill (which is moreover a unconfined way to shrivel uneaten calories).

Is Walking Unbearable for Weight Loss?

Don surpassing and after

Can walking help you lose weight?

You’re darn right it can!

The whilom photos are from Don, one of our coaching clients. Don credits his daily walking practice with helping him lose 85 pounds!

He’s not our only example of walking for weight loss:

Megan surpassing and after

Megan, who I mentioned earlier, is flipside vendee who walks daily to maintain her weight loss.

Case closed?

Of undertow not!

Both Don and Megan moreover made adjustments to their nutrition to reach their wondrous results.

One of the Rules of the Nerd Fitness Rebellion is that we know “you can’t outrun your fork.” No value of exercise can counter a bad diet, as your nutrition will be responsible for 90% (not an exaggeration) of your success or failure.

Here’s an example:

  • Let’s say you go for a 5-mile walk, which takes you 90 minutes.
  • If you then slosh a 20 oz Gatorade and a small bag of Fritos (a typical snack for many here in America), you will have once undone all of the calories burned while walking.

Depending on your nutrition and love/hatred for exercise, this is either unconfined news or bad news!

The BAD news: you can’t eat very immensely in mass quantities and then expect to lose weight with a bit of exercise every week, plane if it’s strenuous.

The GOOD news: Plane if you dislike exercise, you can stave exercise and still lose weight! Instead, put ALL of your focus instead on fixing your nutrition, and then go for a walk every once in awhile.

I’d moreover consider reading the following:

Oh, and if you want to see if a Nerd Fitness Coach can build you a program to lose weight while doing movements you enjoy (like walking), click on the sawed-off below:

The Weightier Practices for Walking (Tips and Tricks)

Autumn walk way

Here’s how to modernize your walking technique:

#1) Focus on posture! Head up! Shoulders back! Walk with a confident stroll – practice this one in the morning if you’re not used to walking like this. It’s moreover a unconfined way to towards instantly increasingly confident; we nerds and hobbits need all the conviction we can get! Squint virtually at your surroundings with your throne up, stovepipe swinging in rhythm.

You can moreover do some well-placed neck swings and jacket removals:

Zoolander walking and removing jacket

#2) Walk uphill to shrivel increasingly fat. If you are walking on a treadmill, set it to an incline to increase the intensity and thus increase the value of fat burned. Just don’t be that person who sets the incline way up, then holds onto both sides and leans their soul when to be perpendicular with the incline. Alimony good posture, lean forward into the incline, shorten your stride, and pump your legs.

#3) Hiking is a unconfined way to practice walking, enjoy the scenery, and play Lord of the Rings in the woods with plastic swords and capes. Not that you should do that (you totally should). Here’s a beginner’s guide to hiking!

#4) When walking downhill, especially while barefoot (or wearing minimalist shoes), alimony that stride short and be shielding on how you are walking. Make sure your knee is wilting when you land and swizzle the impact rather than jamming the impact through your heel, knee, leg, hips, and lower back.

#5) Consider going for fasted walks in the morning. When you wake up first thing in the morning, your soul has burned through most of the carb-fueled energy stores during the night. Which ways when you go for a walk first thing in the morning, your soul is increasingly likely to have to pull from the only fuel source misogynist to it: fat! This is the unshortened philosophy overdue things like Intermittent Fasting or really low-carb diets like the Ketogenic diet.

#6) Get yourself a sturdy walking stick, if only so you can use it to wrestle imaginary ogres, goblins, cavetrolls, etc. It can moreover make you finger far increasingly venturesome than if you’re just walking, and help you get up hills and land softly when going when down.

#7) Try Temptation Bundling. Load up an audiobook or your favorite podcast, and tell yourself that you can ONLY listen to the typesetting or podcast while walking.

Is a Fitbit Helpful for Walking? (Which Fitness Tracker Is Weightier for Me?)

what you need to know well-nigh Fitbits and Pedometers to track calories burned walking

If you’re somebody who has been interested – or is getting interested – in walking, you’re probably familiar with step-tracking devices:

Personally, I’m a huge fan of fitness wearables, but not for the reasons you’d think.

For starters, you’re wearing a unvarying reminder that you are prioritizing movement, which can only be positive. You can plane trigger it to remind you to get up and move every hour.

Our Fitbit trackers can help us with analyzing trends and getting in increasingly steps.

It can moreover indulge you to see how many steps you normally take, and thus indulge you to prioritize moving MORE.

Although Fitbit has a history of stuff sued for the inaccurate heart-monitor portion of its devices, I’m less concerned well-nigh heart rates and 100% verism of step distance, and instead think in terms of personal improvement.

Just like with tracking your bodyfat percentage or your weight, “that which gets measured gets improved,” and that carries over to your total steps. The fact that you’re tracking it ways you’re going to be increasingly enlightened of it, which ways you’re going to be increasingly likely to be worldly-wise to modernize it.

And that’s why, in a weird way, I’m not very concerned well-nigh the total verism of these devices. Plane if your scale is off by 5 pounds, or your soul fat caliper is inaccurate by 1%, as long as you use the same device and measure in the same way under the same conditions, you can track trends and paint the picture of your health and whether or not it’s improving!

And that’s what these fitness trackers should be used for: a reminder and a trend tracker!

What you SHOULDN’T do: take your fitness tracker as gospel, and use that to summate lanugo to the calorie and macro how much supplies exactly you can consume.

What you SHOULD do: track your trend over time, and see if you can modernize your average. Use the technology to aid your fitness quest. Use the polity portion of the wreath to compare your stats versus friends and get some positive friendly peer pressure to get you off your ass.

Okay, if nerdy fitness technology isn’t nerdy unbearable for you, let’s go full-nerd.

How to Unquestionably Walk to Mordor

Frodo and Sam are walking buddies and unquestionably walked to Mordor

Did you know it’s 1779 miles between Hobbiton to Mount Doom? [4]. We can unquestionably determine how far Sam and Frodo walked, and then set out on the journey ourselves! It’s one thing to go for a stroll virtually your neighborhood. It’s flipside to know that, “If I take one increasingly step, it’ll be the uttermost yonder from home I’ve overly been.”

Sam and Frodo walking out of the Shire

So let’s take a squint at how far we need to walk first:

  • 458 miles: Go from Hobbiton to Rivendell.
  • 462 miles: Set out with the Fellowship from Rivendell, through Moria, to Lothlorien.
  • 389 miles: From Lothlorien, lanugo the Anduin, to Rauros Falls.
  • 470 miles: Follow Frodo and Sam on the quest from Rauros to Mt. Doom.
  • 535 miles: From Minas Tirith to Isengard
  • 693 miles: From Isengard to Rivendell.
  • 397 miles: From Rivendell to Bag End.
  • 467 miles: (bonus!) Follow Frodo to the Grey Havens and return home with Sam.

Following this path, you need to walk a total of 1779 miles to get from Hobbiton to Mt. Doom. Then it’s time to destroy the ring and get carried to Minas Tirith by the Unconfined Eagles.

Thorin carried by the eagles

Then you’ll walk 1625 miles when to Bag End (and an spare 467 miles if you’re interested in doing a round trip to the Grey Havens).

Obviously, you don’t need to move at the same speed as the hobbits (18 miles on the first day is no joke! Damn, those hobbits covered some ground!), but it’s still fun to track your walks and your total miles to see where you’d be on your journey.

However, like Frodo and Sam, it starts with the first step.

I’ve created a Google Doc that you can reprinting for yourself to track your distances to follow Frodo and Sam on your journey to destroy the One Ring.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Open the document, and then click on “file,” “save a copy,” and then you can edit your own reprinting of the document.
  • Track your distances with a pedometer, Fitbit, your iPhone or Android phone.
  • Input your distances and work towards completing each section of the journey over months. As you input your distances, it will automatically let you know when you reach each destination so you can get you started on the next one. 5 miles a day on stereotype will have you destroying the Ring within one year.

Oh, and if you’re curious, equal to my rough gorilla math, Frodo burned at least an spare 61,0000 calories (100,000 gross calories) by walking “there and when again” – you’re welcome[5].

Cast of The Hobbit giving thumbs up

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Alright, your turn:

What questions do you have well-nigh walking?

How have you incorporated it into your daily routine?

And have you walked to Mordor?

Let me know in the comments!


Photo source: fourbrickstall Hiking in Candelario, Lego Frodo, logoboom ©, gynane ©, arushigakaito ©, snehit ©, Thad Zajdowicz Keep walking! HMM!, Frodo and Sam,

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