How Many Calories are Burned by Gardening?
Last modified 4th January 2016
These gardening activities range from the highest calorie burn from 'felling trees, large size' which burns 358 calories in 30 minutes through to the activity 'watering lawn or garden, standing or walking' which has the lowest calorie burn of 65 calories in 30 minutes, for a typical adult weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg).
To help you find the information you need, we first focus on the most common gardening activities. This is followed by the activities with the highest, lowest and average burnt calories per minute and per hour
We also cover the predicted weight loss from gardening, typical food calorie equivalents and our new proprietary calories burned score© and calories burned rank©
For planting crops or garden, stooping, moderate effort, which is a typical intensity activity under the general description of gardening activities, the average calories burned by a person weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg) in 30 minutes is 185 Calories. In one hour the same activity will burn 371 Calories.
Effect of Intensity on the Calorie Calculator
Although the above is a typical example for gardening, the calculator we use to determine the calories burnt depends on the intensity, duration and your body weight. At the bottom of the article we have a variety of different intensities which can be personalized based on your weight and the duration of the activities, using our free calculator.
Calorie Score and Calorie Rank for Gardening
At dietandfitnesstoday we have a new proprietary concept of a Calories Burned Score© and Calories Burned Rank©.
The calorie score gives an indication of the relative burn rate measured as a percentage score out of 100 for the different gardening activities, where 100% is the maximum calorie burn which we estimate from running at a pace of 4 minutes per mile which is a world class speed for running for 30 mins.
The calorie rank is the rank of the activity compared with all other 800 activities in our database to give an indication of the percentage of activities which have a higher or lower calorie burn. A rank of 1 means it is the highest ranking activity in terms or calorie burn and a rank of 100 means it is the activity with the lowest carlorie burn compared with all other activities.
Calories Burned in 30 Minutes for a Typical gardening Activity
As we have previously mentioned Planting crops or garden, stooping, moderate effort is a moderate and typical level of intensity for gardening and can be used as a general representative approximate measure for calories burnt by gardening. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) burns 185 Calories, while an average woman weighing 163 pounds (74 kg), in 30 minutes burns 159 Calories.
Calories Per Minute
The calories burned per minute for Planting crops or garden, stooping, moderate effort is 6 Calories per minute, for a typical man and for a typical female is 5 Calories per minute.
Calories Per Hour
The calories lost in one hour is 371 calories for a typical man, and 318 calories in one hour for a typical woman.
How to Burn 100 Calories
To burn 100 calories for a typical male would require 17 minutes of the activity planting crops or garden, stooping, moderate effort and to burn 100 calories with the same gardening activity for a typical female would take 20 minutes.
Score and Rank
Planting crops or garden, stooping, moderate effort has a Calorie Burned Score© of 16 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 16 % of the highest realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calorie Burned Rank© of 75 out of 100 ie it is in the top 75 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 402 activities that have a higher calorie burn than planting crops or garden, stooping, moderate effort
The following activities burn the same number of calories as Planting crops or garden, stooping, moderate effort -
- archery, non-hunting
- carpentry, general, moderate effort
- circuit training, moderate effort
- farming, feeding cattle, horses
- farming, hauling water for animals, general hauling water,farming, general hauling water
Comparison with Inactivity
30 mins of inactivity for example just sitting and watching television burns 43 calories for a typical man and 37 calories for a typical woman. Which means Planting crops or garden, stooping, moderate effort burns 4.6 times more calories than the equivalent time of inactivity for an average man and 4.3 times more calories for an average female.
Food Calorie Equivalents
This level of 185 calories burnt by an average man planting crops or garden, stooping, moderate effort is equivalent to 0.3 Big Macs, 0.7 snickers bar, 1.5 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.6 cheeseburgers, 0.6 slices of pizza or 0.5 large blueberry muffins.
For an average female burning 159 calories is equivalent to 0.3 Big Macs, 0.6 snickers bar, 1.3 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.5 cheeseburgers, 0.6 slices of pizza or 0.4 large blueberry muffins.
Weight Loss from Gardening
To answer the question how many pounds will I lose from the activity gardening? Taking this example of planting crops or garden, stooping, moderate effort in 30 minutes, the weight loss for a typical man is a minimum of 0.03 pounds, and a typical woman would lose 0.02 pounds.
Based on 4 sessions per week of planting crops or garden, stooping, moderate effort for a duration of 30 minutes per session, the approximate time taken to lose one pound is 8 weeks for a man and 13 weeks for a woman, assuming no other changes in lifestyle or eating habits.
The same 4 sessions per week of planting crops or garden, stooping, moderate effort for a duration of 30 minutes per session, would lose 1kg in 4 weeks for a man and 5 weeks for a woman.
Gardening Activity with the Highest Calorie Burn
The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by felling trees, large size. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man burns 358 Calories, while an average woman in 30 minutes burns 307 Calories.
This activity of felling trees, large size has a Calories Burned Score© of 34 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 34 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 48 out of 100 ie it is in the top 48 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 109 activities that have a higher calorie burn than felling trees, large size
Gardening Activity with the Lowest Calorie Burn
The gardening activity with the lowest calories burnt is watering lawn or garden, standing or walking, which for an average man in 30 minutes burns 65 Calories, and for an average woman burns 55 Calories.
This activity of watering lawn or garden, standing or walking has a Calories Burned Score© of 3.5 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 3.5 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 95 out of 100 ie it is in the top 95 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 782 activities that have a higher calorie burn than watering lawn or garden, standing or walking
Average Calories Burned by Gardening
Based on the the list of 53 gardening activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 192 Calories for 30 minutes of gardening. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 165 Calories for 30 minutes of gardening.
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