Calories Burned Walking the Dog

Compare the calories burned walking the dog to a variety of other activities at the calories burned chart.

Walking the dog is a daily routine that you have to do, rain or shine, because dogs need exercise too. What’s good about that is that the amount of calories burned walking the dog is fairly dependable. You can figure that day after day, and month after month, you can count on the calories burned walking the dog, and you can count on that slow, steady progression to help you lose weight over the long term.

What’s also good about calories burned walking the dog is that walking the dog is the kind of slow, steady aerobic exercise that isn’t all that taxing on the body, but that you can do for quite a while, which adds up to a fair amount of calories burned and weight lost.

And walking the dog can actually be a lot of fun. You can take the dog to the park, throw a ball or frisbee, and let the dog off the leash to go run and frolic with the other dogs. Maybe you can even meet some other pet owners while you’re out burning calories.

Calories Burned – Walking the Dog

The exact number of calories burned walking the dog will depend on a couple of things, such as how much you weigh, which determines how much effort walking is for you.

All data is from the Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise journal, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

  • If you weigh roughly 130 pounds: 177 calories burned walking the dog per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 155 pounds: 211 calories burned per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 180 pounds: 245 calories burned per hour
  • If you weigh roughly 205 pounds: 279 calories burned per hour

So as you can see the amount of calories burned walking the dog doesn’t really compare to the amount of calories burned running, for instance. But then running is also a lot of work, and walking the dog really isn’t. Maybe for the dog, depending on how far you throw the ball, but certainly not for you.

And remember that the longer you walk the dog for, the more calories you burn and also, the more your dog will love you.

To see even more calorie burning activities check out the calories burned chart.