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# How do you determine calories burned per mile?

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According to Runners World, the basic formula for determining total calories burned per mile while running is the runner's weight in pounds multiplied by 75 percent. The formula for determining total calories burned per mile while walking is the runner's weight in pounds multiplied by 50 percent.

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Walking and running are both excellent cardiovascular exercises that burn calories and help individuals lose weight. However, running a mile and walking a mile do not lead to equal caloric expenditures. Runners World debunks this commonly held myth with the use of physics. When people walk, their centers of gravity remain upright, and their legs remain straight. Running, on the other hand, forces people to shift weight from foot to foot, and puts the center of gravity in a constant state of flux. This requires a tremendous amount of energy, and thus more calories are burned.

While the basic formulas for determining calories burned are helpful, there are a number of online resources that can give runners and walkers individualized results. Runners World has a calorie calculator that allows a user to input the distance of the run, the time of the run, and the runner's weight. There are also a number of activity-tracking devices available for purchase. Many of these activity-trackers, like the ones reviewed by PC Magazine, are placed on the wrist and give the runner real-time calculations of calorie expenditures.

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The number of calories burned while walking a mile varies with the intensity of the exercise and the weight of the individual. Individuals burn roughly the same number of calories whether they walk at a slow or a moderate speed, although greater differences show up once speeds reach 4.5 mph.

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To burn 1 pound of body fat, a person weighing 150 pounds has to walk 39 miles at an average pace of two miles per hour, burning 90 calories per mile. It takes 26 miles when walking at a pace of 3.5 miles per hour at 135 calories per mile.

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Walking 2,000 steps, or the equivalent of 1 mile, burns approximately 100 calories, according to Shape Up America. This figure is for an average American with an average stride. The exact number of calories burned by walking depends on the walker's age, weight, motion while walking and fitness level, explains About Health, which approximates that a 150-pound person expends 80 calories by walking between 2,000 and 2,500 steps.