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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Burn calories walking in the zoo or amusement park!

Have you ever been to an amusement park or zoo for hours upon hours and wonder how many calories you may have burned walking around?  Well, with my new found fitness goals, I have.  I walked around the amusement park for 7 hours the other day and thought I HAD to have burned something, but it was such a casual walk, I didn't know if it  would even measure up, so I came home and walked 30 minutes on the treadmill just to be sure I had burned calories that day.  

That night I started researching it.  It is summer after all and we go to the amusement park and zoo quite often now that we have season passes.  So I had to know so I can keep track.  Well, you may be surprised and happy to learn the following:

According to Fitness Health
6. Visit an Amusement Park
Every 31 minutes spent at an amusement park will burn about 100 calories, thanks to the typically spread-out placement of the attractions and the anaerobic exercise effect your body achieves when it tenses up on an exciting ride. Just make sure to pack your own lunch or plan meals before and after your visit, as most amusement park food vendors tend towards fried food, burgers and ice cream.
Bonus: A trip to an amusement or theme park can serve as the centerpiece of a family vacation, and a four-hour stay will burn almost 800 calories. That’s enough to offset some of your other vacation indulgences, such as hours spent relaxing by the pool or an extra serving of dessert.

And according to Cha Cha
Walking around the a theme park for an hour for most people will burn 150 to 200 calories.

And Tops Club Inc said:
39. Head to a county fair or amusement park. You’ll slash 612 calories in three hours from the casual walking and standing in lines. (Subtract 105 calories if you have cotton candy.)

All are similar calorie counts so it gives you something to go by.  I have a feeling my daughter is going to have a fun filled summer at the zoo and amusement park this summer so mom can get her work out in! 

Check out my newest post regarding some lower calorie food and snack items!

Eat Less!  Walk More!
Enjoy being a Mom All Day!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. We were wondering how to calculate our calories in a ballpark figure at Universal. This is easy and perfect.