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August 6, 2013 8:04 PM
On mfp it calculates calories burnt per minute of pushup, sit ups, but I think that is different for everyone, even if it is "vigorous" etc.

Is there a way to calculate how many calories I burn per amount? Like, if I do 100 puships, and am 120 lbs.. . I will burn....




Thanks!
August 6, 2013 8:07 PM
I think I would use a heart rate monitor
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August 6, 2013 8:14 PM
is there any way to estimate it without a heart rate monitor ?even if its not exact
August 6, 2013 8:16 PM
Push-ups don't really burn much since it's a resistance building exercise unless you're super setting push-ups in a circuit.
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August 6, 2013 8:16 PM
It's minimal. Maybe 1 cal per pushup, If that. And remember, you burn calories just lying there breathing, so you have to subtract those. Strength training doesn't burn a lot of cals at the time but it supposedly increases your metabolism enough to get an increased burn for hours later, which also can't be measured. Do pushups, but not for the calorie burn.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/313665-calories-burned-in-one-push-up/
Edited by wild_wild_life On August 6, 2013 8:19 PM
August 6, 2013 8:16 PM
HRM isn't accurate for strength training and the object of strength training isn't calorie burn because it doesn't actually burn that much. The idea is to build muscle which in turn takes more fuel all day long to maintain.
August 6, 2013 8:18 PM
2.189572629833 per push up
August 6, 2013 8:21 PM
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It's minimal. Maybe 1 cal per pushup, If that. And remember, you burn calories just lying there breathing, so you have to subtract those. Strength training doesn't burn a lot of cals at the time but it supposedly increases your metabolism enough to get an increased burn for hours later, which also can't be measured. Do pushups, but not for the calorie burn.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/313665-calories-burned-in-one-push-up/


thanks for your help and the link
August 6, 2013 8:21 PM
I think you are overthinking this.
Edited by PikaKnight On August 6, 2013 8:21 PM
August 6, 2013 8:23 PM
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I think you are overthinking this.


Not really. I am over my calories for the day and would like to burn a certain amount. I can't do 15 minutes "vigorous effort", but I can do 100 over a period of time with breaks. I'm trying to follow this as precisely as I can, because it works when I do.
August 6, 2013 8:24 PM
run for 15 minutes
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August 6, 2013 8:25 PM
Jog in place, fake jump rope, do jumping jacks, burpees, just about anything will burn more calories than doing push ups especially if you only do a few then take a break.
August 6, 2013 8:25 PM
Or maybe focus on balancing out the week. And know that MFP calculates you at a deficit. Eating 50 or 100 cals over is okay.
August 6, 2013 8:26 PM
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run for 15 minutes


sometimes that's not an option.

sometime I ask questions on here and get helpful replies, but then hate it because 9/10 replies are people trying to put others down, and being all "i know fitness more than you, your questions are dumb, you aren't doing it right". thanks for the 1/10 that give honest answers, even if the question may seem simple to you fitness types.

anyways, thanks for those that help. that link was really helpful too, and it really doesn't seem like it burns much. I feel like if I knew an exact number (eg 50 cals is 300 puships, that would be a goal, but it doesn't look like it is possible)
Edited by Telpa On August 6, 2013 8:29 PM
August 6, 2013 8:28 PM
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2.189572629833 per push up


Well that depends on the weight of op, and the angle at which she is bending her elbows. Your calorie estimation sounds more like that of a man's pushup.

Say you are 156 pounds (the average woman in the US), and you do a pushup with elbows down to a 90 degree angle. You would burn approximately 1.14 calories per pushup.
August 6, 2013 8:30 PM
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run for 15 minutes


sometimes that's not an option.

sometime I ask questions on here and get helpful replies, but then hate it because 9/10 replies are people trying to put others down, and being all "i know fitness more than you, your questions are dumb, you aren't doing it right". thanks for the 1/10 that give honest answers, even if the question may seem simple to you fitness types.

anyways, thanks for those that help. that link was really helpful too, and it really doesn't seem like it burns much. I feel like if I knew an exact number (eg 50 cals is 300 puships, that would be a goal, but it doesn't look like it is possible)


when is running not an option?
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August 6, 2013 8:30 PM
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I think you are overthinking this.

+1
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August 6, 2013 8:31 PM
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I think you are overthinking this.

+1
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August 6, 2013 8:37 PM
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run for 15 minutes


sometimes that's not an option.

sometime I ask questions on here and get helpful replies, but then hate it because 9/10 replies are people trying to put others down, and being all "i know fitness more than you, your questions are dumb, you aren't doing it right". thanks for the 1/10 that give honest answers, even if the question may seem simple to you fitness types.

anyways, thanks for those that help. that link was really helpful too, and it really doesn't seem like it burns much. I feel like if I knew an exact number (eg 50 cals is 300 puships, that would be a goal, but it doesn't look like it is possible)


when is running not an option?


knee injury (current reason)

late at night no treadmill (other times)
wanting to take a day off from running and work on strength but still eat the same amount of caloruies and stay in limits (other times)
Edited by Telpa On August 6, 2013 8:38 PM
August 6, 2013 8:37 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

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run for 15 minutes


sometimes that's not an option.

sometime I ask questions on here and get helpful replies, but then hate it because 9/10 replies are people trying to put others down, and being all "i know fitness more than you, your questions are dumb, you aren't doing it right". thanks for the 1/10 that give honest answers, even if the question may seem simple to you fitness types.

anyways, thanks for those that help. that link was really helpful too, and it really doesn't seem like it burns much. I feel like if I knew an exact number (eg 50 cals is 300 puships, that would be a goal, but it doesn't look like it is possible)


when is running not an option?


when you cannot run.
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August 6, 2013 8:38 PM
QUOTE:

sometimes that's not an option.

sometime I ask questions on here and get helpful replies, but then hate it because 9/10 replies are people trying to put others down, and being all "i know fitness more than you, your questions are dumb, you aren't doing it right". thanks for the 1/10 that give honest answers, even if the question may seem simple to you fitness types.


:(((

So sad that a fitness site has to be some little clique that thrives on put downs. From a quick search you probably burn 1 calorie per push up, depending a bit on fitness level, weight, how quickly you do them etc.

You could time them if you want to use the MFP estimate, but it might be rather high. For example if you can't do 15 minutes vigorous effort try 3 minutes 5 times.
August 6, 2013 8:41 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

sometimes that's not an option.

sometime I ask questions on here and get helpful replies, but then hate it because 9/10 replies are people trying to put others down, and being all "i know fitness more than you, your questions are dumb, you aren't doing it right". thanks for the 1/10 that give honest answers, even if the question may seem simple to you fitness types.


:(((

So sad that a fitness site has to be some little clique that thrives on put downs. From a quick search you probably burn 1 calorie per push up, depending a bit on fitness level, weight, how quickly you do them etc.

You could time them if you want to use the MFP estimate, but it might be rather high. For example if you can't do 15 minutes vigorous effort try 3 minutes 5 times.


thanks:)
August 6, 2013 8:42 PM
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run for 15 minutes


sometimes that's not an option.

sometime I ask questions on here and get helpful replies, but then hate it because 9/10 replies are people trying to put others down, and being all "i know fitness more than you, your questions are dumb, you aren't doing it right". thanks for the 1/10 that give honest answers, even if the question may seem simple to you fitness types.

anyways, thanks for those that help. that link was really helpful too, and it really doesn't seem like it burns much. I feel like if I knew an exact number (eg 50 cals is 300 puships, that would be a goal, but it doesn't look like it is possible)


when is running not an option?


when you cannot run.
bravo
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August 6, 2013 8:46 PM
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2.189572629833 per push up


Well that depends on the weight of op, and the angle at which she is bending her elbows. Your calorie estimation sounds more like that of a man's pushup.

Say you are 156 pounds (the average woman in the US), and you do a pushup with elbows down to a 90 degree angle. You would burn approximately 1.14 calories per pushup.


You're forgetting about the speed at which she performs the pushup. An average paced pushup will guarantee 1.14 calories, but you can maximize the burn to about 1.48 by doing it more forcefully.
August 6, 2013 8:59 PM
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2.189572629833 per push up

You forgot to say "approximately" (because 2.189572629833 is obviously an approximation of a number with many more significant digits. wink )
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