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How Many Calories are Burned by Standing?


Last modified 4th January 2016

Welcome to the standing section of DietandFitnessToday and the associated calories burned and weight lost. Here we present a list of 77 activities based on the general description of standing and the calories burnt for a typical man and woman.

These standing activities range from the highest calorie burn from 'bicycling, 12 mph, standing, hands on brake hoods, 60 rpm' which burns 388 calories in 30 minutes through to the activity 'standing quietly in a line' which has the lowest calorie burn of 56 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 standing 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 standing, typical food calorie equivalents and our new proprietary calories burned score© and calories burned rank©

For playing the double bass while standing, which is a typical intensity activity under the general description of standing activities, the average calories burned by a person weighing 190 pounds (86 Kg) in 30 minutes is 108 Calories. In one hour the same activity will burn 215 Calories.

Effect of Intensity on the Calorie Calculator

Although the above is a typical example for standing, 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 Standing

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 standing 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 standing Activity

As we have previously mentioned Playing the double bass while standing is a moderate and typical level of intensity for standing and can be used as a general representative approximate measure for calories burnt by standing. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) burns 108 Calories, while an average woman weighing 163 pounds (74 kg), in 30 minutes burns 92 Calories.

Calories Per Minute

The calories burned per minute for Playing the double bass while standing is 4 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 215 calories for a typical man, and 185 calories in one hour for a typical woman.

How to Burn 100 Calories

To burn 100 calories for a typical male would require 25 minutes of the activity playing the double bass while standing and to burn 100 calories with the same standing activity for a typical female would take 33 minutes.

Score and Rank

Playing the double bass while standing has a Calorie Burned Score© of 8 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 8 % of the highest realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calorie 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 playing the double bass while standing

Equivalent Activities

The following activities burn the same number of calories as Playing the double bass while standing -

  • automobile or light truck (not a semi) driving
  • billiards
  • bird watching, slow walk
  • boating, power, driving
  • building a fire inside

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 Playing the double bass while standing burns 2.7 times more calories than the equivalent time of inactivity for an average man and 2.5 times more calories for an average female.

Food Calorie Equivalents

This level of 108 calories burnt by an average man playing the double bass while standing is equivalent to 0.2 Big Macs, 0.4 snickers bar, 0.9 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.4 cheeseburgers, 0.4 slices of pizza or 0.3 large blueberry muffins.

For an average female burning 92 calories is equivalent to 0.2 Big Macs, 0.3 snickers bar, 0.8 Starbucks Grande Skinny Lattes, 0.3 cheeseburgers, 0.3 slices of pizza or 0.2 large blueberry muffins.

Weight Loss from Standing

To answer the question how many pounds will I lose from the activity standing? Taking this example of playing the double bass while standing in 30 minutes, the weight loss for a typical man is a minimum of 0.02 pounds, and a typical woman would lose 0.01 pounds.

Based on 4 sessions per week of playing the double bass while standing for a duration of 30 minutes per session, the approximate time taken to lose one pound is 13 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 playing the double bass while standing for a duration of 30 minutes per session, would lose 1kg in 7 weeks for a man and 9 weeks for a woman.

Standing Activity with the Highest Calorie Burn

The highest number of calories burned for an average person is achieved by bicycling, 12 mph, standing, hands on brake hoods, 60 rpm. For this activity in 30 minutes an average man burns 388 Calories, while an average woman in 30 minutes burns 333 Calories.

This activity of bicycling, 12 mph, standing, hands on brake hoods, 60 rpm has a Calories Burned Score© of 37.1 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 37.1 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 43 out of 100 ie it is in the top 43 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 85 activities that have a higher calorie burn than bicycling, 12 mph, standing, hands on brake hoods, 60 rpm

Standing Activity with the Lowest Calorie Burn

The standing activity with the lowest calories burnt is standing quietly in a line, which for an average man in 30 minutes burns 56 Calories, and for an average woman burns 48 Calories.

This activity of standing quietly in a line has a Calories Burned Score© of 2.6 out of 100 which means it gives a calorie burn of 2.6 % of the maximum realistic calorie burn possible. This activity has a Calories Burned Rank© of 97 out of 100 ie it is in the top 97 % of activities in terms of calorie burn. There are in fact 801 activities that have a higher calorie burn than standing quietly in a line

Average Calories Burned by Standing

Based on the the list of 77 standing activities, shown below, the average calories burned for an average male, weighing 190 pounds (86 kg) is 129 Calories for 30 minutes of standing. The average burnt for an average female, weighing 163 pounds (74 kg) is 111 Calories for 30 minutes of standing.

Standing for 30 minutes - Calories Burned Calculator

Calories Burned in 30 minutes of standing for Average Male (M) and Female (F) (click to personalise).
bicycling, 12 mph, standing, hands on brake hoods, 60 rpm - calories  Male=388 kcal, Female=333 kcal.
walking or walk downstairs or standing, carrying objects about 100 lbs or more - calories  Male=366 kcal, Female=314 kcal.
walking or walk downstairs or standing, carrying objects about 75 to 99 lbs - calories  Male=323 kcal, Female=277 kcal.
truck driving, loading and unloading truck, tying down load, standing, walking and carrying heavy loads - calories  Male=280 kcal, Female=240 kcal.
walking or walk downstairs or standing, carrying objects about 50 to 74 lbs - calories  Male=280 kcal, Female=240 kcal.
paddle boarding, standing - calories  Male=259 kcal, Female=222 kcal.
walking or walk downstairs or standing, carrying objects about 25 to 49 lbs - calories  Male=215 kcal, Female=185 kcal.
polishing floors, standing, walking slowly, using electric polishing machine - calories  Male=194 kcal, Female=166 kcal.
standing, moderate effort, lifting items continuously, 10 ? 20 lbs, with limited walking or resting - calories  Male=194 kcal, Female=166 kcal.
Standing, moderate-to-heavy effort, manual labor, lifting ? 50 lbs, heavy maintenance - calories  Male=194 kcal, Female=166 kcal.
standing, moderate/heavy tasks (e.g., lifting more than 50 lbs, masonry, painting, paper hanging) - calories  Male=194 kcal, Female=166 kcal.
standing, moderate/heavy work - calories  Male=194 kcal, Female=166 kcal.
massage therapist, standing - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
police, making an arrest, standing - calories  Male=172 kcal, Female=148 kcal.
cleaning, mopping, standing, moderate effort - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
fishing from river bank, standing (Taylor Code 660) - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
playing the trombone while standing - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
standing, arts and crafts, sand painting, carving, weaving, vigorous effort - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
standing, bathing dog - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
standing, moderate (lifting 50 lbs., assembling at fast rate) - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
standing, moderate effort (e.g., lifting heavy objects, assembling at fast rate) - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
standing, moderate effort, intermittent lifting 50 lbs, hitch/twisting ropes - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
standing, packing/unpacking boxes, occasional lifting of lightweight household items, loading or unloading items in car, moderate effort - calories  Male=151 kcal, Female=129 kcal.
implied walking/standing - picking up yard, light, picking flowers or vegetables - calories  Male=142 kcal, Female=122 kcal.
standing, arts and crafts, sand painting, carving, weaving, moderate effort - calories  Male=142 kcal, Female=122 kcal.
child care, standing (e.g., dressing, bathing, grooming, feeding, occasional lifting of child), moderate effort - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
guitar, rock and roll band, standing - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
standing tasks, light effort (e.g., bartending, store clerk, assembling, filing, duplicating, librarian, putting up a Christmas tree, standing and talking at work, changing clothes when teaching physical education, standing) - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
standing, child care, only active periods - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
standing, light/moderate effort (e.g., assemble/repair heavy parts, welding,stocking parts,auto repair,standing, packing boxes, nursing patient care) - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
standing, light/moderate work (e.g., pack boxes, assemble/repair, set up chairs/furniture) - calories  Male=129 kcal, Female=111 kcal.
standing, playing with child(ren) light effort, only active periods - calories  Male=121 kcal, Female=104 kcal.
camping involving standing, walking, sitting, light-to-moderate effort - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
dressing, undressing, standing or sitting - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
gambling in a casino while standing - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
hairstyling, standing - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
mopping, standing, light effort - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
pistol shooting or trap shooting, standing - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
playing the double bass while standing - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
police, directing traffic, standing - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
rifle exercises, shooting, kneeling or standing - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
serving food, setting table, implied walking or standing - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
standing, arts and crafts, sand painting, carving, weaving, light effort - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
standing, miscellaneous - calories  Male=108 kcal, Female=92 kcal.
conducting orchestra, standing - calories  Male=99 kcal, Female=85 kcal.
fishing with a spear, standing - calories  Male=99 kcal, Female=85 kcal.
food shopping with or without a grocery cart, standing or walking - calories  Male=99 kcal, Female=85 kcal.
getting ready for bed, general, standing - 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.
standing, light work (filing, talking, assembling) - calories  Male=99 kcal, Female=85 kcal.
building road, directing traffic, standing - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
cooking or food preparation - standing or sitting or in general (not broken into stand/walk components), manual appliances, light effort - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
eating/talking at church or standing eating, American Indian Feast days - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
grooming, washing hands, shaving, brushing teeth, putting on make-up, sitting or standing - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
laundry, fold or hang clothes, put clothes in washer or dryer, packing suitcase, washing clothes by hand, implied standing, light effort - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
printing, paper industry worker, standing - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
showering, toweling off, standing - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
standing, holding child - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
standing, light effort tasks (pump gas, change light bulb, etc.) - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
standing, singing in church, attending a ceremony, standing, active participation - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
talking and eating or eating only, standing - calories  Male=86 kcal, Female=74 kcal.
drawing, writing, painting, standing - calories  Male=78 kcal, Female=67 kcal.
fishing, jog or line, standing, general - calories  Male=78 kcal, Female=67 kcal.
horn, standing - calories  Male=78 kcal, Female=67 kcal.
horse cart, driving, standing or sitting - calories  Male=78 kcal, Female=67 kcal.
sitting on toilet, eliminating while standing or squating - calories  Male=78 kcal, Female=67 kcal.
standing, fidgeting - calories  Male=78 kcal, Female=67 kcal.
standing, reading - calories  Male=78 kcal, Female=67 kcal.
standing, talking in church - calories  Male=78 kcal, Female=67 kcal.
standing, talking in person, on the phone, computer, or text messaging, light effort - calories  Male=78 kcal, Female=67 kcal.
trumpet, standing - calories  Male=78 kcal, Female=67 kcal.
wash dishes, standing or in general (not broken into stand/walk components) - calories  Male=78 kcal, Female=67 kcal.
copying documents, standing - calories  Male=65 kcal, Female=55 kcal.
taking medication while sitting or standing - calories  Male=65 kcal, Female=55 kcal.
watering lawn or garden, standing or walking - calories  Male=65 kcal, Female=55 kcal.
standing quietly in a line - calories  Male=56 kcal, Female=48 kcal.
standing quietly in church, attending a ceremony - calories  Male=56 kcal, Female=48 kcal.

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Calories Burned Activities


  aerobics
  at work
  badminton
  baseball
  ballet
  ballroom dancing
  basketball
  boxing
  biking
  canoeing
  climbing
  cleaning
  cricket
  cross country skiing
  crossfit
  cycling
  dancing
  exercise
  elliptical
  fishing
  football
  fencing
  gardening
  golf
  gymnastics
  hiking
  horse riding
  housework
  ice skating
  jogging
  judo
  karate
  kayaking
  kick boxing
  pilates
  rodeo sports
  rollerblading
  ropejumping
  rowing
  rugby
  running
  resting
  sailing
  shopping
  sitting
  skating
  skiing
  sleeping
  soccer
  softball
  spinning
  sports
  standing
  step aerobics
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  tae kwan do
  tennis
  treadmill
  volleyball
  walking
  water polo
  weight lifting
  yoga
  zumba

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