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The Complete Guide to Walking, New and Revised: For Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness, by Mark Fenton

Calories burned per hour at different body weights
Walking 110 lbs. 125 lbs. 150 lbs. 174 lbs. 200 lbs.
Strolling less than 2 mph, level 100 114 136 159 182
Moderate pace, about 3 mph 175 199 239 278 318
Brisk pace, about 3.5 mph 200 227 273 318 364
Very brisk pace, about 4.5 mph 225 256 307 358 409
Moderate pace about 3 mph, uphill 300 341 409 477 545

Medically reviewed by Rambod Rouhbakhsh, MD, MBA, FAAFP; American Board of Family Medicine


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