Last update - 21st May 2014

The 42 activities below are based on the general description of Sitting, click on an item from the list to give a personalised weight based calculation. The calories expended are given for a range of activities from 'camping involving standing, walking or sitting, light- to- moderate effort' to 'having hair or nails done by someone else, sitting'. The burnt calories are based on your weight, the intensity of your activity and the time spent sitting, which is given in the chart below, per hour.

Each Sitting activity can be scaled by duration and your weight, to give a personalised estimate of the energy used, using our free calculator.

Based on the the list of sitting activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 147 Calories for one hour of sitting.

The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 126 Calories for one hour of sitting.

The mean calories burned per minute of sitting, based on the list of 42 activities, shown below, for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 2 Calories per minute.

The average per minute for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 2 Calories per minute.

The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by camping involving standing, walking or sitting, light- to- moderate effort. For this activity in one hour an average man burns 215 Calories, while an average woman in one hour burns 185 Calories.

The sitting activity with the lowest calories burnt is having hair or nails done by someone else, sitting, which for an average man in one hour burns 86 Calories, and for an average woman burns 74 Calories.

As previously mentioned the burnt calories will be based mainly on your weight, the intensity of your activity and the length of time. A sedentary man between the ages of 19-30 requires approximately 2500 calories, and a sedentary woman requires approximately 2000 calories, although as your activity levels increase with regular exercise, this requirement will also increase. To personalise the calorific value, click on one of the activities and select your weight and duration to find out how many calories are burned by Sitting.




Calories Burned Sitting Calculator

Calories Burned in one hour of sitting for Average Male (M) and Female (F) (click to personalise).
bathing (sitting) - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
camping involving standing, walking or sitting, light- to- moderate effort - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
child care: sitting/ kneeling - dressing, bathing, grooming, feeding, occasional lifting of child- light effort, general - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
cooking or food preparation - standing or sitting or in general (not broken into stand/ walk components), manual appliance - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
dressing, undressing (standing or sitting) - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
eating (sitting) - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
fishing from boat, sitting - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
fishing, ice, sitting - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
flute (sitting) - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
grooming (washing, shaving, brushing teeth, urinating, washing hands, putting on make- up), sitting or standing - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
guitar, classical, folk (sitting ) - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
having hair or nails done by someone else, sitting - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
police, driving a squad car (sitting) - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
police, riding in a squad car (sitting) - calories  Male=112 kcal, Female=96 kcal.
retreat/ family reunion activities involving sitting, relaxing, talking, eating - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
sitting - arts and crafts, light effort - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
sitting - arts and crafts, moderate effort - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
sitting - card playing, playing board games - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
sitting - in class, general, including note- taking or class discussion - calories  Male=155 kcal, Female=133 kcal.
sitting - knitting, sewing, lt. wrapping (presents) - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
sitting - light office work, general (chemistry lab work, light use of hand tools, watch repair or micro- assembly, light assembly/ repair), sitting, reading, driving at work - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
sitting - light office work, in general - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
sitting - meeting, general, and/ or with talking involved - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
sitting - moderate work - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
sitting - playing with child( ren) light, only active periods - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
sitting - reading, book, newspaper, etc. - calories  Male=112 kcal, Female=96 kcal.
sitting - studying, general, including reading and/ or writing - calories  Male=155 kcal, Female=133 kcal.
sitting - talking or talking on the phone - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
sitting - writing, desk work, typing - calories  Male=155 kcal, Female=133 kcal.
sitting at a sporting event, spectator - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
sitting in church, in service, attending a ceremony, sitting quietly - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
sitting in church, talking or singing, attending a ceremony, sitting, active participation - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
sitting meetings, general, and/ or with talking involved, eatting at a business meeting - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
sitting on toilet - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
sitting quietly and watching television - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
sitting quietly, sitting smoking, listening to music (not talking or reading), watching a movie in a theatre - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
sitting, child care, only active periods - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
sitting, playing an instrument at church - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
sitting, reading religious materials at home - calories  Male=112 kcal, Female=96 kcal.
sitting; moderate (heavy levers, riding mower/ forklift, crane operation) teaching stretching or yoga - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
taking medication, sitting or standing - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
whirlpool, sitting - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.



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