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Calories burned cycling calculator

Calories burned cycling calculator

Cycling time
Type of ActivityMETCalories Burned
Bicycling, leisure, 5.5 mph3.5251
Bicycling, stationary, 30 - 50 watts, very light to light effort3.5251
Bicycling, < 10 mph, leisure, to work or for pleasure4.0286
Bicycling, stationary, 51 - 89 watts, light to moderate effort4.8344
Unicycling5.0358
Bicycling, on dirt or farm road, moderate pace5.8415
Bicycling, leisure, 9.4 mph5.8415
Bicycling, 10 - 11.9 mph, leisure, slow, light effort6.8487
Bicycling, stationary, 90 - 100 watts, moderate to vigorous effort6.8487
Bicycling, to/from work, self selected pace6.8487
Bicycling, stationary, 90 - 100 watts, moderate to vigorous effort6.8487
Bicycling, stationary, general7.0501
Bicycling, general7.5537
Bicycling, 12 - 13.9 mph, leisure, moderate effort8.0573
Bicycling, BMX8.5609
Bicycling, mountain, general8.5609
Bicycling, 12 mph, seated, hands on brake hoods or bar drops, 80 rpm8.5609
Bicycling, stationary, RPM / Spin bike class8.5609
Bicycling, stationary, 101 - 160 watts vigorous effort8.8630
Bicycling, 12 mph, standing, hands on brake hoods, 60 rpm9.0644
Bicycling, 14 - 15.9 mph, racing or leisure, fast, vigorous effort10.0716
Bicycling, stationary, 161 - 200 watts, vigorous effort11.0787
Bicycling, 16 - 19 mph, racing (not drafting)12.0859
Bicycling, stationary, 201 - 270 watts, very vigorous effort14.01002
Bicycling, mountain, uphill, vigorous14.01002
Bicycling, stationary, 201 - 270 watts, very vigorous effort14.01002
Bicycling, > 20 mph, racing (not drafting15.81131
Bicycling, mountain, competitive, racing16.01145

How are calories burned cycling calculated?

The total number of calories burned for any task is calculated by first finding the calorie burn per minute - this is done by multiplying the MET value of the task by the person's body weight in kg and 3.5, then dividing that number by 200.

Calorie burn per minute is then multiplied by the amount of time that the task is performed to find the total calories burned from the activity.

Example

A person weighs 160 pounds and bicycles for leisure at a pace of 9.4 mph (a task that has a MET value of 5.8) for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
How many calories have they burned in this time?
160 pounds = 72.73kg
1 hour and 20 minutes = 80 minutes
Calories Burned from Calisthenics (per minute) = (5.8 x 72.73 x 3.5) / 200
Calories Burned from Calisthenics (per minute) = 7.382
Calories Burned from Calisthenics (for 80 minutes) = 7.382 x 80
Calories Burned from Calisthenics (for 80 minutes) = 591

What is Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET)?

A metabolic equivalent (MET) value is a measurement of the energy cost of a specific physical activity for a specific period of time.

A MET of 1 would be roughly equivalent to a person's energy expenditure from sitting still in a temperature neutral (room temperature) room and not actively digesting food.

An activity with a MET of 2 would have a person using about twice the amount of energy that they would be using in a task with a MET of 1 over the same amount of time, while an activity with a MET of 10 would have a person using about 10 times the amount of energy that they would be using with a MET of 1 over the same amount of time.

It should be noted that the MET approach was designed to build a classification system of different activities for research purposes - MET values "do not estimate the energy cost of physical activity in individuals in ways that account for differences in body mass, adiposity, age, sex, efficiency of movement, geographic and environmental conditions in which the activities are performed. Thus, individual differences in energy expenditure for the same activity can be large and the true energy cost for an individual may or may not be close to the stated mean MET level as presented in the Compendium." (as quoted from the main page of the Compendium of Physical Activities)

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