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Exercise performance reflects a coordinated response of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and neural function along with the action of exercising muscles.


How many calories do we burn when we exercise? Calories are measured in METS which is the metabolic equivalent for a task, so for example when we are resting or sitting at idle, we are burning 1 MET per minute, (1 MET is 1 kilocalorie per kilogram of body weight times the minutes of activity or 3.5 millilitres of oxygen per kilogram of body weight times the minutes of activity). We know to burn a calorie we need oxygen so by using oxygen we can measure the number of METS.

When we exercise at a higher intensity, we are using more oxygen and that means we are burning more calories, so when we exercise at low intensity activities, we are burning 3 METS per minute. When we exercise at moderate to vigorous, we are burning 3 - 6 METS per minute and when we exercise at that extreme high intensity vigorous activity, we are burning 6 – 10 METS per minute.

When the amount of work we do increases the amount of calories we burn increases too.

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