This activity calculator gives you a ROUGH idea of approximately how many calories a particular exercise activity burns, you can use the calculator below. It is especially useful for those who do not use gym equipment (which generally calculate the calories), as it provides an indication of how much calories you may be burning. If, you are exercising outside, a heart rate monitor is a great, inexpensive addition and depending on the model, may measure how many calories you are burning.
The Activity Calculator’s main purpose is in allowing you to compare the calorie-burning capacities of different exercise activities. This can help you choose an activity that you wlil enjoy, but that is also an effective calorie burner.
Remember that this calculator is only a very rough estimate and has limitations. Exactly how many calories you burn will depend on more than just your weight, it will depend on your body composition, i.e. lean mass and fat mass. An endomorph, mesomorph and ectomorph do not burn equal amounts of calories should they complete identical training routines for the same length of time.
How to Keep Burning Maximum Calories
If you cycle the same route to work every morning, you are not going to find it as tough after 3 months than you did the first day. The same is true for workout routines. If you run a 10-minute mile, you will find considerably easier after a few weeks than the first week, when it probably almost killed you. Your body has adapted. By adapting to make it easier, your body also requires fewer calories. Therefore, you will not burn the same amount of calories doing exactly the same routine for months. Conversely, this shouldn’t be a setback, since as you get stronger, fitter, faster and better, you should also be increasing the distance/ intensity of your workout to keep the level of difficulty high. As in life, there is not such thing as standing still. You are either heading forwards or going backwards – standing still equals going backwards. If you do exactly the same every day (i.e. not keeping it tough), you are simply burning LESS calories, i.e. you are going backwards.