If you are running, your body is using calories from the foods you eat to supply energy. Calories come from fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Your body needs these for fuel. Running is an exercise that will burn off calories and help you maintain a healthy weight.
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Any movement burns calories. Your body even uses calories at rest, so when you run, your caloric need increases. Not only is running beneficial for weight control, it is a cardiovascular exercise. Your heart and lungs will strengthen as a result.
The American Council on Exercise suggests that running 1.5 miles in 15 minutes, which equals a ten minute mile, burns approximately 150 calories. This is a moderate pace that can be kept up for a longer duration. To improve your health, aim to run for 15 to 30 minutes a day.
The American Council on Exercise uses a chart to calculate calories burned. This shows that a 140 pound person will burn approximately 13.2 calories per minute while running. For a ten minute run, this results in 132 calories.
The above calorie results are only estimations. Your personal metabolic rate is affected by age, weight, gender, height, and other genetic factors. Please use the above as guidelines for approximate calorie usage and seek the guidance of your physician before beginning an exercise program.