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How Many Calories Are Burned in Sprinting?

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Deborah Green has been providing online content in the health and fitness industries since 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English language teaching from Sussex University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in health studies from The Open University.
How Many Calories Are Burned in Sprinting?
Sprinting can help you to lose weight.

Sprinting is a short burst of running at high speed that normally lasts for under a minute. Andrea Chernus, a New York City exercise physiologist, claims that sprinting can increase cardiovascular capacity, therefore helping to prevent heart disease.

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The exact amount of calories you burn when sprinting will depend on your starting weight and how fast you run. A 150 lb. person who sprints at a speed of 10 mph for one minute will burn around 20 calories. If she sprints at 8 mph for one minute, she will burn around 15 calories.


According to Professor James Timmons of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, the risk of developing both heart disease or Type 2 diabetes is reduced substantially by regular high-intensity workouts such as sprinting. Timmons also states that by performing a few high-intensity exercises, each lasting only about half a minute, can dramatically improve your metabolism in just a few weeks.


Sprinting burns considerably more calories than jogging or walking. In comparison to the 20 calories burned during a one-minute sprint, a 150 lb. person would only burn around 10 calories per minute while jogging, or 5 calories per minute when walking at a moderate pace.

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