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May 20, 2011 4:35 PM
Does anyone know approximately how many more calories walking with a 15 lb backpack burns then walking without one? I walk about 3.5 mph and I weigh 130 lbs. Even a rough estimate would be appreciated, thanks!
  4621812
May 20, 2011 4:41 PM
Backpacking is an exercise already included in the MFP database. So is hiking with a pack. You should be able to use either of those to figure out your calorie burn. :-)

(Personally, I burn more than MFP says... according to my HRM, at least)
Edited by UpEarly On May 20, 2011 4:45 PM
  6511124
May 20, 2011 4:41 PM
If you look up Walking, carrying infant or 15-lb load under cardio on here. Hope that helps :o)
  4462009
May 20, 2011 4:42 PM
You should really invest in an HRM, so you'll know how many calories you're burning. If it were me and I didn't have an HRM, I would probably just log it in MFP as walking 3.5mph and then add 1 extra calorie burned for every minute. So if you walked 30 minutes, add 30 calories burned to whatever MFP calculates.. I'm not saying that's the right thing to do, but that's what I would do. You don't want to overestimate how many calories you actually burned. I walk a lot as well and push my 21lbs son up and down hills, and that will definetely burn more calories than just walking but without an HRM it's just too hard to tell.
May 20, 2011 5:55 PM
QUOTE:

Backpacking is an exercise already included in the MFP database. So is hiking with a pack. You should be able to use either of those to figure out your calorie burn. :-)

(Personally, I burn more than MFP says... according to my HRM, at least)


Thanks, I know those are in there, but they do not take into account how fast you are going (which makes a HUGE difference) or how much you weigh (also makes a HUGE difference)
  4621812
May 20, 2011 5:55 PM
QUOTE:

If you look up Walking, carrying infant or 15-lb load under cardio on here. Hope that helps :o)


same to this one. But thanks!
  4621812
May 20, 2011 6:01 PM
Just get the burn for the exercise you want, and add 15 lbs to your weight in your goals. It isn't that much difference unless you are climbing hills.
  5978
August 16, 2011 11:46 AM
If you are looking to help calculate your burning with a back pack load go to this site and you can calculate for FREE

http://www.fitwatch.com/phpscripts/searchexcategories.php?category_id=06


I just did a lot of google searches to find it myself, good luck!!!!
August 16, 2011 12:33 PM
yeah, www.calorielab.com has a good calculator, too. I use it a lot.
  5978
August 18, 2011 9:22 AM
Well my question then to you is why did you not give her the link to be helpful, instead you shared what you did??? Then you come behind me and say yeah you use it. I am not being rude, but I think the way in which you responded to her post was a bit crass, don't you think?
August 22, 2011 8:22 AM
That link was really helpful. I walk 3.3 miles everyday with a 50lb pack and I burn alot of calories and it's really improved my upper body strength and thighs. I picked up a military external frame ruck sack which distributes the load really comfortably between my shoulders and hips. I've been doing this since March with diet and have lost 60lbs. I initially started with approx 20lbs and worked up to 50lbs, giving time for my supporting muscles to develop effectively.
August 3, 2013 2:27 PM
I would strongly suggest investing in a decent HRM.
Get to know your own personal maximal HR, resting HR, and V02 max.
Once you have these figures, you can get a much firmer grasp on how many calories you are burning in any activity.
I was shocked by how many calories I actually burned ruck marching (something like 1150 an hour...)
I would watch out with alot of the estimates on this site, as I noticed they seem to be working off of GROSS not NET calories...
A good link for alot of fitness calculators here: http://www.shapesense.com/fitness-exercise/calculators/
August 3, 2013 3:07 PM
o.O, this site sometimes.

If you weight 130 and carry a 15lbs backpack, do the calculations for 145lbs...

also, hrm will not work for that low intensity... or at least not be accurate.
Edited by phjorg1 On August 3, 2013 3:08 PM

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