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How Many Calories Does Hiking Burn?

Hiking is a strenuous activity that can be used as a form of cardiovascular exercise in an effort to burn calories and lose weight.  The number of calories burned while hiking depends on a variety of factors, including your original weight, the type of hiking being performed and the duration of time spent doing the activity.  Cross country hiking is done more for leisure, while hill or incline hiking is used for calorie burning.

A person who weighs approximately 150 pounds and is in relatively good shape or within ten pounds of their ideal body weight, typically burns 200 calories in a half-hour while hiking cross country and 250 calories while hiking up hill.  A person who is significantly overweight, in relation to their height, and weighing 300 pounds would burn over 400 calories during the same half-hour span hiking for leisure and in excess of 500 calories if hiking up hill.  Hiking up hill can be strenuous but offers a great way to burn a significant amount of calories within a short period of time.

Many overweight individuals who are trying to burn calories and reduce their weight find that hiking cross country is a great way to start.  Once endurance and strength is built up, they move onto a hike that is more challenging and incorporates an incline.  Hundreds of calories can be burned if hill hiking is implemented into your workout routine.

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