Calories Burned Running Uphill

Running is an intense physical exercise that provides benefits for your heart, lungs, muscles and skeletal system. Running uphill increases the intensity of this exercise.

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T. Asmangulyan, an expert in preventive medicine, says that uphill running can burn 800 to 1,400 calories an hour, depending on the weight of the person running. The heavier a person, the more calories he burns. A 150-lb. person running uphill would burn 1,000 calories in an hour and a 180-lb. person would burn 1,250. On a level surface, a 150-lb. runner would burn 800 calories and a 180-lb. runner 1,000.


Adding weights such as a backpack, wrist weights or a weighted vest will increase the number of calories burned during your run. The heavier the weight, the more calories are burned.

Pace and Incline

Increasing the speed of the run and choosing a hill with more incline will also require more effort from your body during the run. The more effort you put into a run, the more calories will be burned.

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