The 42 activities below are based on the general description of Sitting, please select from the list below. 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 sitting duration.

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 Sitting.




Sitting - Energy Expenditure Calculator

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



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