# Calories Burned Digging & Shoveling | Calculator & Formula

LAST UPDATE: April 15th, 2020

The average person will burn 430-670 calories per hour shoveling.

The number of calories burned depends on your weight and the intensity of digging. A 200-pound (90.7kg) person will burn 477 calories per hour digging a garden and 745 calories per hour digging ditches. A 150-pound (68kg) person will burn 358 and 558 calories per hour in the same scenario.

## How many calories are burned digging?

### 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 shovels dirt (MET value of 5.0) for 1 hour (60 minutes).

Calories burned shovelling dirt (per minute) = (5.0 x 81.65 x 3.5) ÷ 200 = 7.14

Calories burned shovelling dirt (for 60 minutes) = 7.14 x 60 = 428