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How many calories does a person burn while sleeping?

A 150-pound (68-kilogram) person burns one calorie per minute during bed rest. The approximate caloric expenditure of other activities for a person weighing 150 pounds are given below. Actual numbers may vary, depending on the vigor of the exercise, air temperature, clothing, etc.

Activity Calories Used per Hour
Aerobic dance 684
Basketball 500
Bicycling (5.5 mph) 210
Bicycling (13 mph) 660
Bowling 220–270
Calisthenics 300
Circuit weight training 756
Digging 360–420
Gardening 200
Golfing (using power cart) 150–220
Golfing (pulling cart) 240–300
Golfing (carrying clubs) 300–360
Football 500
Handball (social) 600–660
Handball (competitive) > 660
Hoeing 300–360
Housework 180
In-line skating 600
Jogging (5–10 mph) 500–800
Lawn mowing (power) 250
Lawn mowing (hand) 420–480
Racquetball 456
Raking leaves 300–360
Rowing machine 415
Sitting 100
Skiing (cross-country) 600–660
Skiing (downhill) 570
Snow shoveling 420–480
Square dancing 350
Standing 140
Swimming moderately 500–700
Tennis (doubles) 300–360
Tennis (singles) 420–480
Vacuuming 240–300
Volleyball 350
Walking (2 mph) 150–240
Walking (3.5 mph) 240–300
Walking (4 mph) 300–400
Walking (5 mph) 420–480


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