Hiking is a great way to lose weight and keep that weight off. It’s great fun, has a lower impact than running and can burn just as many calories under the right conditions. How many calories you burn depends on a number of factors.
The factors include:
- your weight;
- the weight of your backpack;
- amount of climbing;
- the type of terrain;
- the distance walked; and
- the time taken to walk that distance.
These are lot of factors to consider, so I’ve created the following fun calculator to give a general estimate of the amount of calories burnt while indulging in your favorite pursuit.
The calculator gives the amount of net calories burnt.
Click here for the hiking calorie calculator.
I also use this calculator to plan the amount of food that I will need to carry for a multi-day hike.
In a future article I will discuss my food choices for a multi-day hike to optimize the most amount of calories for the least amount of weight.