How many calories does a treadmill burn?

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Treadmills are a favourite among people who are in great shape as well as those trying to lose a few pounds. But how good are they at helping you burn calories? It all depends on your speed, your size, your endurance and the intensity of your workout.

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Walking

Many people use the treadmill for a low-impact walking workout, or as a warm up for other activities. Moderate use of the treadmill does burn calories, though not as many as running. According to caloriesperhour.com, a website that lists calorie-burning figures for thousands of activities, a 150-pound person who walks for one hour at 4mph will burn 272 calories.

Running

The faster you walk or run, the more calories you burn. According to caloriesperhour.com, a 150-pound person will burn nearly 800 calories by running 7mph for an hour--a brisk jogging pace.

Incline

Many treadmills have adjustable settings that make you run or walk on an incline. Because this requires more energy, it burns more calories. According to caloriesperhour.com, a 150-pound person who walks at 4mph on a 5 per cent incline will burn 456 calories an hour. The same person will burn 646 calories an hour by walking at the same speed on a 10 per cent incline.

Size

One major factor that affects calorie burning is your size. The bigger you are, the more energy it takes to move your body. So while a 150-pound person will burn 272 calories an hour by walking on a treadmill at 4mph, a 250-pound person will burn 454 calories an hour.

Calorie Counters

Many treadmills have on-board calorie counters to tell you how many you've burnt during your workout. These are not completely accurate, but newer treadmills will give more accurate read outs than older ones. Calorie counters are most accurate when you enter information about yourself--namely your gender, age and weight.

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