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July 27, 2011 6:33 AM
Does anyone know how to calculate how many calories you burn while doing crunches? Abs, crunches, etc - nothing comes up if you type it in exercise. I have done a quick Google search and am coming up with nothing. Yesterday while waiting for a friend I did approx 8 mins of abs and then another 5-8 minutes of shoulder work. That's another I can't really find either. I guess I will just go with light to modersate weight lifting on that one since nothing else seems to work.

Any advice, links, etc will be appreciated!!!
  9260523
July 27, 2011 6:35 AM
I read somewhere that each crunch burns about half a calorie, so I don't bother logging them at all... MFP includes them in the weight section, which doesn't add to your calorie burn.
  6956236
July 27, 2011 6:38 AM
Go on the exercise database and you have it in there (Sit-ups, vigorous ).

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July 27, 2011 6:40 AM
I wear my HRM while doing them. Honestly I don't get a high calorie burn b/c it's hard to keep your heart rate up long enough to really burn a lot of calories.
  2187305
July 27, 2011 6:40 AM
I would get a HRM monitor with a calories burned on it. That way you will know what you actually burned doing crunches etc...
  3578303
July 27, 2011 6:41 AM
I have logged Sit Ups in cardio exercises, I found it there. I think it asks for the number of minutes performed. Its not a big burn, i.e 2 minutes vigorous is like 30 calories.... probably something like 1/4 to 1/2 a calorie per situp or something. I don't bother with logging them anymore unless I am doing crunches, situps, etc as part of a 15-30 minute routine in which I just log the whole thing as circuit training.
July 27, 2011 6:41 AM
search for calisthenics x
  392952
July 27, 2011 6:44 AM
QUOTE:

I read somewhere that each crunch burns about half a calorie, so I don't bother logging them at all... MFP includes them in the weight section, which doesn't add to your calorie burn.


This is pretty much the same as what I was going to post but with one addition. I've noticed that a high majority of MFP users (I myself have been guilty of doing this), unnecessarily log certain forms of exercise.

By this I mean that they log housecleaning, stretching, Lawn mowing, basic daily activity in general. Its important to log exercise but activities such as the one I just mentioned fall under your daily calorie burn based on the activity level you have entered in your fitness profile, if you logging basic functions like those your going to have an inaccurate burn ratio for the day.
July 27, 2011 7:50 AM
Thanks everyone! I somehow missed the sit-ups exercise option in the exercise tracker. Looks like 8 minutes of abs is 83 calories. Not a ton but i will take it, especially when I did alot yesterday. I don't have a calorie counter yet, maybe for Christmas I will get maybe one.

I would agree with the post about tracking everyday activities - I lump it in as your normal daily calorie burn. Crunches though for me are not normal so I definitely am counting it!

Thank again!
  9260523
December 17, 2013 6:49 PM
The sit up wont work for crunches. Those are two different exercises.

According to cosmopolitan if you do crunches for 5 minutes it's about 40 Calories.
Edited by vagabondgoddess On December 17, 2013 6:52 PM
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