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Jobs That Burn the Most Calories

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Sitting at a desk all day can be a killer. Literally. So if you want a job that is good for your cardiovascular system and muscles, you need to get up and move. Graphiq and HealthGrove compiled data from the Compendium of Physical Activities to identify the occupations that burn the most calories. Navy Seals lead the list, followed by firefighters and steel mill workers. The list is based on the hourly caloric burn for the average American male who weighs 191 pounds and the average American female weighing 159 pounds. By comparison, this is how many calories per hour we burn doing other activities:

  • Running at 6.7 mph: Men burn 955; women burn 795
  • Walking at 3.5 mph: Men burn 391; women burn 326
  • Sleeping: Men burn 86; women burn 72

Top 20 jobs that burn the most calories:

1. Skindiving (frogman or Navy Seal)
Female Average Caloric Burn: 908.7
Male Average Caloric Burn: 1091.6

2. Firefighter
Female Average Caloric Burn: 681.5
Male Average Caloric Burn: 818.7

3. Steel Mill Work
Female Average Caloric Burn: 628.5
Male Average Caloric Burn: 755

4. Forestry
Female Average Caloric Burn: 605.8
Male Average Caloric Burn: 727.7

5. Farming
Female Average Caloric Burn: 590.7
Male Average Caloric Burn: 709.5

6. Coal Mining
Female Average Caloric Burn: 477.1
Male Average Caloric Burn: 573.1

7. Roofing
Female Average Caloric Burn: 454.4
Male Average Caloric Burn: 545.8

8. Crab Fishing
Female Average Caloric Burn: 340.8
Male Average Caloric Burn: 409.4

9. Construction Worker, Massage Therapist, Elder Care, Garbage Collector and Lawn Keeper (tie)
Female Average Caloric Burn: 302.9
Male Average Caloric Burn: 363.9

14. Laying Tile or Linoleum
Female Average Caloric Burn: 287.8
Male Average Caloric Burn: 345.7

15. Commercial Fishing
Female Average Caloric Burn: 265
Male Average Caloric Burn: 318.4

16. Painting (house or furniture)
Female Average Caloric Burn: 249.9
Male Average Caloric Burn: 300.2

17. Locksmith, Working in Scene Shop (backstage employee), Airline Flight Attendant, Plumbing (tie)
Female Average Caloric Burn: 227.2
Male Average Caloric Burn: 272.9

This article was written by chris@canyonmedia.net

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