Calories are the way we measure food energy. The food pyramid shows how much food and the varieties of food our bodies need to take in each day.
The food we eat is used by our body as energy in everything we do. We even burn energy/calories when we sleep.
Here are estimates of about how many calories you could use if you do these athletic activities for 30 minutes and you weigh between 75 and 150 lbs.*
Athletic Activities
Activity Calories
Basketball192
Bicycling270
Dancing152
Frisbee102
Golf102
Gymnastics541
Hiking203
Horseback Riding135
Ice Skating237
Rock Climbing 574
Rollerblading425
Rope Jumping338
Running293
Skateboarding169
Skiing203
Soccer237
Swimming203
Volleyball 102
Walking 85

Here are estimates of about how many calories you could use if you do these non-athletic activities for 30 minutes and you weigh between 75 and 150 lbs.*
Non-Athletic Activities
Activity Calories
Shopping78
Sitting down reading34
Standing in line99
Sleeping30
Watching TV34
Writing at a desk at school51
Riding on a bus or in a car34
Sitting down playing a video game51


*The calories you use will depend on your actual weight and the real level of activity during the 30-minute period. The number shown is an estimate for the weight range with minimal activity.
 
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