# Calories Burned Stretching | Calculator & Formula

LAST UPDATE: September 24th, 2020

The average person burns 165-220 calories per hour doing mild stretching.

## How many calories are burned while stretching?

### Formula

Calories burned per minute = (MET x body weight in Kg x 3.5) ÷ 200

“MET” is a measurement of the energy cost of physical activity for a period of time. You can find an activity’s MET on the chart above.

A task with a MET of 1 is roughly equal to a person’s energy expenditure from sitting still at room temperature not actively digesting food.

A task with a MET of 2 uses twice as much energy as a task with a MET of 1. A task with a MET of 10 uses 10 times as much energy as a task with a MET of 1.

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).

### Example

A person weighs 180 pounds (81.65kg) and does mild stretching (a task that has a MET value of 2.3) for 1 hour (60 minutes).

Calories Burned from mild stretching (per minute) = (2.3 x 81.65 x 3.5) ÷ 200 = 3.286

Calories Burned from mild stretching (for 60 minutes) = 3.286 x 60 = 197

## FAQ

##### Does stretching burn calories?

Yes, stretching burns calories, but not many. The average burns 80-120 calories for every 30 minutes of stretching. As a comparison, sitting for 30 minutes will burn 35-50 calories.

##### How many calories do you burn in 5 minutes of stretching?

For the average person, 5 minutes of stretching will burn 14-18 calories.

##### How many calories do you burn in 15 minutes of stretching?

For the average person, 15 minutes of stretching will burn 40-55 calories.

##### How many calories do you burn in 30 minutes of stretching?

For the average person, 30 minutes of stretching will burn 80-120 calories.