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TOPIC: Fishing general 470 calories burned??I question this!

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March 26, 2011 5:22 AM
I am not sure where you get these calories from! But I really cant see how you can burn 470 in 2 hours of fishing! When you are pretty much either standing in one spot! Or sitting most of the time! So If this is wrong, How many others are wrong! Does anyone know how they figure calories burned? Please help!grumble Thanks!
March 26, 2011 5:25 AM
I guess it depends on what fishing you are doing and if you are catching anything. I can see that fly fishing would burn more because you are continually casting and reeling in. On the other hand the fishing with casting out and sitting witha can in your hand wouldnt be much at all
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March 26, 2011 5:26 AM
I question a lot of calories burned calculations from this site and other online tools (even the machines themselves). I think the best way to get a more accurate count of your calories burned is to invest in a heart rate monitor. I don't know much about them, I don't yet have one, but I know there are several threads on this site where they've been discussed!
March 26, 2011 5:34 AM
I have a heart rate monitor! But it don't tell you how many calories your burning! It just lets you know you are in a calorie burning range! In other words, you have to get your heart rate up so high, before you start burning fat calories! This does not help you on how many calories you are burning!smile
March 26, 2011 5:34 AM
I really don't know all that much about calorie burning but what I know for sure is that your body doesn't lie and always has it right. No matter what number appears on your MFP daily log, your body will adjust to the true intake and true exercise effort. I consider MFP a guideline to let me know just about what is happening but rely more on the scale, percentage of water and body fat to give me accurate information.
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March 26, 2011 5:34 AM
I fish with scouts and it does matter how you do it:-) up/down banks climbing/walking constant casting fly fishing padding a canoe etc. Getting to the magic spot can be rough.

Then rarely there's the sit in a chair on the bank and the crazy fish just beg to jump on your line - extremely rare but nice when it happens
March 26, 2011 5:39 AM
Maybe it includes taking the kids fishing. I know when my kids where young, I didn't realize what a workout it was.

Bait their hooks about every 30 seconds.
Trying to catch the bait, one of the kids let go.
Run to the car for something, about 10 times.
Jump in the water to retrieve a lost hat, toy, pole, etc. etc. you get the picture.
Come to think of it, I never lasted 2 hours ha ha ha.

Now if it's 2 guys sitting around, talking, drinking a beer, with a line in the water. I can see where you are coming from.
March 26, 2011 5:42 AM
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Maybe so But I caught some really nice Bass!
I fish with scouts and it does matter how you do it:-) up/down banks climbing/walking constant casting fly fishing padding a canoe etc. Getting to the magic spot can be rough.

Then rarely there's the sit in a chair on the bank and the crazy fish just beg to jump on your line - extremely rare but nice when it happens
March 26, 2011 5:49 AM
It also says fishing from a bank 546 calories for 120 min.
And 470 calories for fishing general and 390 for fishing out of a boat sitting!wink
March 26, 2011 5:49 AM
To "watchmelose2" (I don't know how to reply specifically to your post!) It depends on the type of heart rate monitor you have. Mine shows me how many calories I burn in a workout as well as when I'm in the fat burning range for my height, weight, gender, etc. :) Very handy! I couldn't live without mine now!
Edited by TessaGibson On March 26, 2011 5:51 AM
March 26, 2011 5:50 AM
Along with the arm movement, if you are wading, you use your legs, back and core to balance A LOT while wading over rocks in a current. (Imagine walking and standing on those half globe balance things at the gym) There is also the hike from the parking area to the good hole. My fishing trips usually last about 6 hours and feel like a long day of yard work.

Personally, I never count fishing or yard work as a workout. I see it as the benefit of an active lifestyle and head to the gym for a measurable calorie burn.
Edited by Mkleder On March 26, 2011 5:51 AM
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March 26, 2011 5:57 AM
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Thats great! Where do I get one? Mine only shows the heart rate!
To "watchmelose2" (I don't know how to reply specifically to your post!) It depends on the type of heart rate monitor you have. Mine shows me how many calories I burn in a workout as well as when I'm in the fat burning range for my height, weight, gender, etc. :) Very handy! I couldn't live without mine now!
March 26, 2011 6:44 AM
I think it depends on how fishing goes. Now doing it for 2 hours...I can possibly see buring 470 calories. Now if you just cast and sit there and drink beer...maybe not. But my husband and his buddy go bass fishing a lot and I would see them burning that much in 2 hours because they are constantly casting and reeling in, they are not ever just "resting".
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May 11, 2011 11:38 AM
First of all, fishing is an outdoors pursuit. As a general rule you get cold in most temperate climes and therefore the majority of the calories burned will be in creating heat. Secondly, you will be walking to and from the fishing spot. On average I walk about 4-5km each time I go river fishing. Thirdly and this is where the waders come in, if you have ever fished in waders you really have a battle with the cold so you can double the calories for staying warm. Finally you have all the casting and general activity that goes with fishing in a river.

Having said all that I do think the calories are high for this, but I lose a stone in a week every fishing holiday I go on, which is the same as I do on my skiing holidays and generally speaking they have the same results on myfitnesspal, so maybe the numbers are right after all.
May 11, 2011 11:50 AM
Another thing besides what has already been said about fishing, not all fish willing come in to shore. Some fish are strong. I'm not saying they are going to drag you into the water but they aren't coming willingly and they make you work the rod to bring them in.

Whether 470 is accurate or not I don't know. I use a HRM for everything I'm going to log.
  1432131
May 11, 2011 11:58 AM
http://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/cbc

I used this link for any activity that I can not track via bike, pedometer, or elliptical. I hope it helps.
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June 5, 2011 5:35 PM
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I am not sure where you get these calories from! But I really cant see how you can burn 470 in 2 hours of fishing! When you are pretty much either standing in one spot! Or sitting most of the time! So If this is wrong, How many others are wrong! Does anyone know how they figure calories burned? Please help!grumble Thanks!
June 5, 2011 5:37 PM
well that depends on lake fishing or ocean fishing
Edited by d_renaud On June 5, 2011 5:39 PM
June 5, 2011 5:38 PM
I think they probably walked the banks, constant casting, I know when I am fishing all day I walk alot, cast alot, body movements etc...
June 5, 2011 6:10 PM
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I have a heart rate monitor! But it don't tell you how many calories your burning! It just lets you know you are in a calorie burning range! In other words, you have to get your heart rate up so high, before you start burning fat calories! This does not help you on how many calories you are burning!smile


I would question what kind of HRM you own then. I have a Polar F4 and it tells me all sorts of good things like how long I worked out, what my average heart rate was, what my max heart rate was, how many calories I burned, how long I was in my ideal heart rate range, etc. I have tried 3 of the HRM that is just the watch part (without a chest strap) and I found them to be inaccurate and a pain to use as you had to take your heart rate by pressing two fingers on the sensors anytime you slowed down or sped up your movement. The chest strap type monitors it constantly, without requiring you to do ANYTHING extra. It's just much more user friendly IMO!!! More expensive yes, but I've had mine for 5 years now and it's still working. Only thing I've had to do was change the battery in it. You simply put in your age, weight, height and you're good to go. Simply press "start" when you begin your workout, "stop" when you're thru, and it tells you exactly how many calories you burned (along with the other info I mentioned above).

If your HRM doesn't tell you calories burned, I'd invest in a new one. :) The best investment I've made ever.
July 30, 2011 6:45 AM
I asked this same question a few days ago, and have come to the realization that if done right, fishing can actually be a work out.

I go bass fishing, and that is really active. You constantly have to cast and reel in. If you're using spinnerbait or some sort of lure you have to reel at varying speeds.

That along with walking to and from certain spots, and standing the whole time.

When I fish I only sit to eat (if I brought lunch out there) or tie a hook onto the line. So 470 does sound about right
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October 8, 2012 6:50 AM
I fish, and to me it's the best cardio excersice I know.... I am all saltwater. So if i am not on a boat I walking a mile or so to get to my favorite spot, then it's the climbing down the hill/ stones... casting continuously, while trying to balance on the rock ( I call this my core training)... now if you catch a 30in blue or 28 in striper you have a pretty good workout there trying to reel it in... when your done, your climbing back up hills/stone with all your gear PLUS carrying fish.... now on the boat. your body is going through some workout while standing and dealing with the waves and again casting and fighting fish.... like i said i am all saltwater and I know I burn more calories fishing for 3 hours than I do one hour on a machine
October 8, 2012 6:52 AM
Fishing is a contact sport with me...especially bankfishing. I can walk a couple miles per hour when i fish...
October 8, 2012 6:55 AM
This is how I fish....It's totally >250 cals / hour.

October 8, 2012 6:57 AM
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This is how I fish....It's totally >250 cals / hour.




Me too. If I don't catch the fish with my bare hands, it isn't sporting.

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