Calories Burned While Running
If you try to calculate your calories burned running per mile, you get a lot of different answers and a few questions along the way.
The Mayo Clinic reports that an hour of running at just 5 mph will burn 606 calories or 121 calories per mile. The American Council on Exercise takes the athlete’s weight into account; their calculator reports that a 150 pound person will burn 113 calories running at 6mph for one mile.
The American College of Sports Medicine further explains the number of calories burned while running: running at 6 mph burns approximately 10 calories per minute; running at 9 mph uses roughly 15 calories per minute; and running at 12 mph eats up about 20 calories per minute.
Those numbers, says the ACSM, make aerobic activities, like running, the most effective exercises to burn calories.
There are other factors to take into account, though, says Mary Ann Dobbins, a wellness manager at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.