# Calories Burned Gardening | Calculator & Formula

LAST UPDATE: April 14th, 2020

The average person burns 175-300 calories per hour doing light gardening tasks such as planting and potting. Heavier duty gardening tasks such as tilling a garden and pushing a wheelbarrow will burn 450-550 calories per hour.

## How many calories are burned gardening?

### 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 uses a hoe with moderate to vigorous effort (MET of 5.0) for 1 hour (60 minutes).

Calories burned using a hoe with moderate to vigorous effort (per minute) = (5.0 x 81.65 x 3.5) ÷ 200 = 7.14

Calories burned using a hoe with moderate to vigorous effort (for 60 minutes) = 7.14 x 60 = 428