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[Metabolic Rates]

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The metabolic rate refers to the amount of energy (in kilocalories) burnt by the body when performing specific tasks. The values listed below are for an average 25 year old male.
 

Metabolic Rates

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Activity

kilocalories
per hour

Sleeping, men over 40

66

Sleeping, men aged 15 - 20

78

Lying fully relaxed

72

Sitting at rest

102

Sitting writing

108

Sitting typing

138

Riding in an automobile

120

Polishing

144

Standing relaxed

108

Standing, peeling potatoes

126

Seated, playing musical instrument

174

Seated, taking lecture notes

120

Standing, ironing

260

Standing, scrubbing

280

Slow walking

230

Swimming crawl at 1 mph

420

Rowing for pleasure

300

Cycling, 8–11 mph

340

Cycling rapidly, own pace

500

Cycling in race (100 mi in 4.4 hr)

590

Cycling at 13.2 mph

600

Trotting on horseback

430 - 590

Gardening, standing

350

Chopping wood

370 - 450

Baseball pitching

390

Shoveling sand

410 - 460

Playing golf

320

Playing table tennis

350

Playing tennis

380

Army drill

430

Swimming backstroke at 1 mph

500

Digging

530

Playing soccer

500

Skiing 3 mph on level

540

Climbing stairs, 116 steps per minute

590

Rowing, 2 oars, 3.5 mph

660

Galloping on horseback

680

Sculling, 97 strokes per minute

760

Fencing

630

Playing squash

630

Playing basketball

680

Wrestling

780

Marching at double

800

Endurance marching

890

Harvard Step Test

970