Calories – they can be your best friend or your worst enemy. The key to staying fit and healthy is to take in as many calories per day as you burn, or to burn more calories than you use if you are looking to drop some weight. With health as the focus, you should know how much exercise you need in order to burn off certain foods – some good for you and some indulgences that everyone is entitled to from time to time! Here’s the scoop on how much exercise you need to do to burn off that, well, scoop.
Calories – What Are They?
First things first – what is a calorie? This is not a philosophical question, either. Not to get all science-y, but a calorie is basically a unit of energy that food and drink contain. On average, women need around 2,000 calories per day and men need 2,500 per day. Children ages 5-10 require around 1,800. These are just guidelines, but they can help to point you in the right direction.
Of course, how many calories individuals need each day vary wildly. It depends on:
- Your age, weight and sex.
- The number of calories you burn just existing every day, also called your basal metabolic rate.
- Your muscle mass. Muscles burn calories faster, even when you’re not doing anything.
- How active you are. A couch potato will need fewer calories than a marathon runner.
In general, the more you move the more you will need to eat to maintain your weight.
Let Them Eat Cake
Mmm, cake. Look, if you’re trying to be healthy you don’t have to forget things like cakes and cookies exist. Everything in moderation is a great mantra because, as long as you’re using the calories you eat, you should be OK. Here are some examples of foods and how much running you would need to do at 10 miles per hour to burn it off.
- One McDonald’s Big Mac = 50 minutes
- One can of Coke = 12 minutes
- One slice of cheese pizza = 32 minutes
- One chocolate glazed donut = 20 minutes
- Ones slice of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting = 27 minutes
- One blueberry muffin = 41 minutes
- One bag of plain potato chips = 110 minutes
- One slice deep dish apple pie = 33 minutes
- One-half cup of regular ice cream = 18 minutes
You don’t have to live your life not having the things you want, but you should be conscious of how much you’re eating in a day and get regular exercise to make it all even out.
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