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How Many Calories are Burned by Shopping?



Welcome to the shopping section of DietandFitnessToday where the highest number of calories burned is 108 Calories, for putting away groceries (e.g. carrying groceries, shopping without a grocery cart), carrying packages. This is for an average male weighting 190 pounds (86 Kg). Below is a list of 3 activities based on the general description of shopping, ranging from the highest calorie burn from 'putting away groceries (e.g. carrying groceries, shopping without a grocery cart), carrying packages' which burns 108 calories in 30 minutes through to the activity 'food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking' which has the lowest calorie burn of 99 calories in 30 minutes, for a typical adult weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg).

For food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking, which is a typical intensity activity under the general description of shopping activities, the average calories burned by a person weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg) in 30 minutes is 99 Calories. In one hour food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking will burn 198 Calories.

Summary of Shopping Information and Charts

To help you find the information you need, we first focus on food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking which is the most common shopping activity. This is followed by the activities with the highest burn rate which is putting away groceries (e.g. carrying groceries, shopping without a grocery cart), carrying packages, and the lowest which is food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking, giving the average calories burned per minute and per hour, along with food calorie equivalents and our new proprietary calories burned score© and calories burned rank©The calorie score gives an indication of the relative burn rate of the shopping activities measured as a percentage score out of 100 for the different shopping 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 shopping 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.

Effect of Intensity on the Calorie Calculator

Although the above is a typical example for shopping, 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 Shopping

At dietandfitnesstoday we have a new proprietary concept of a Calories Burned Score© and Calories Burned Rank©.

Calories Burned in 30 Minutes for a Typical shopping Activity

As we have previously mentioned Food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking is a moderate and typical level of intensity for shopping and can be used as a general representative approximate measure for calories burnt by shopping. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) burns 99 Calories, while an average woman weighing 163 pounds (74 kg), in 30 minutes burns 85 Calories.

Calories Per Minute

The calories burned per minute for Food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking is 3 Calories per minute, for a typical man and for a typical female is 3 Calories per minute.

Calories Per Hour

The calories lost in one hour is 198 calories for a typical man, and 170 calories in one hour for a typical woman.

How to Burn 100 Calories

To burn 100 calories for a typical male would require 33 minutes of the activity food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking and to burn 100 calories with the same shopping activity for a typical female would take 33 minutes.

Score and Rank

Food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking has a Calorie Burned Score© of 7.1 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 7.1 % of the highest realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calorie Burned Rank© of 89 out of 100 ie it is in the top 89 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 683 activities that have a higher calorie burn than food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking

Equivalent Activities

The following activities burn the same number of calories as Food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking -

  • active workstation, treadmill desk, walking
  • activity promoting video game (e.g., Wii Fit), light effort (e.g., balance, yoga)
  • animal care, household animals, general
  • bookbinding
  • carpentry, home remodeling tasks, light effort

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 Food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking burns 2.5 times more calories than the equivalent time of inactivity for an average man and 2.3 times more calories for an average female.

Food Calorie Equivalents

This level of 99 calories burnt by an average man food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking is equivalent to 0.2 Big Macs, 0.4 snickers bar, 0.8 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.3 cheeseburgers, 0.3 slices of pizza or 0.3 large blueberry muffins.

For an average female burning 85 calories is equivalent to 0.2 Big Macs, 0.3 snickers bar, 0.7 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.3 cheeseburgers, 0.3 slices of pizza or 0.2 large blueberry muffins.

Weight Loss from Shopping

To answer the question how many pounds will I lose from the activity shopping? Taking this example of food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking in 30 minutes, the weight loss for a typical man is a minimum of 0.01 pounds, and a typical woman would lose 0.01 pounds.

Based on 4 sessions per week of food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking for a duration of 30 minutes per session, the approximate time taken to lose one pound is 25 weeks for a man and 25 weeks for a woman, assuming no other changes in lifestyle or eating habits.

The same 4 sessions per week of food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking for a duration of 30 minutes per session, would lose 1kg in 8 weeks for a man and 9 weeks for a woman.

Shopping Activity with the Highest Calorie Burn

The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by putting away groceries (e.g. carrying groceries, shopping without a grocery cart), carrying packages. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man burns 108 Calories, while an average woman in 30 minutes burns 92 Calories.

This activity of putting away groceries (e.g. carrying groceries, shopping without a grocery cart), carrying packages has a Calories Burned Score© of 8 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 8 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 88 out of 100 ie it is in the top 88 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 631 activities that have a higher calorie burn than putting away groceries (e.g. carrying groceries, shopping without a grocery cart), carrying packages

Shopping Activity with the Lowest Calorie Burn

The shopping activity with the lowest calories burnt is food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking, which for an average man in 30 minutes burns 99 Calories, and for an average woman burns 85 Calories.

This activity of food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking has a Calories Burned Score© of 7.1 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 7.1 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 89 out of 100 ie it is in the top 89 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 683 activities that have a higher calorie burn than food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking

Average Calories Burned by Shopping

Based on the the list of 3 shopping activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 102 Calories for 30 minutes of shopping. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 87 Calories for 30 minutes of shopping.

Shopping for 30 minutes - Calories Burned Calculator

Calories Burned in 30 minutes of shopping for Average Male (M) and Female (F) (click to personalise).
putting away groceries (e.g. carrying groceries, shopping without a grocery cart), carrying packages - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking - calories  Male=99 kcal, Female=85 kcal.
non-food shopping, with or without a cart, standing or walking - calories  Male=99 kcal, Female=85 kcal.

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