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# Anyone burn 1000 calories a day through exercise?

If so, how do you do it?

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Usually a hour long kickboxing class followed by a weight lifting class, or running 5 miles or so followed by lifting weights.  Sometimes my gym has hour and half kickboxing classes and I burn about 1000 calories during those classes alone.  I can't do it more than twice a week though it's pretty draining.  I weigh around 190 pounds though.  If your smaller it would probably take more for you to burn the calories.

I have a heart rate monitor though so I can track my calories.  Just be sure you're eating enough through out the day and drinking while youre working out.

When i lost all my weight I would burn between 800 - 1200 a day just on my recumbent bike....I would do it in about 2 hours a day

Your rate of calories burned is a product of weight x intensity. Then it is a matter of how long you do the exercise. Obviously, if you have enough time, you can eventually burn 1000 calories even at a low intensity.

Here is an example of some real numbers: I weigh 91 kg. If I run a 9:00 mile, that's about 1000 Cal/hour. That's an intensity of about 11 METS.

I assume that I used to burn more than 1000 calories a day, but then I was exercising 3 to 4 hours a day.  I did long, reasonably fast walks, spins on an AirDyne, hitting the heavy bag, lifting weights, and ab workouts.  However, although most of us don't like to always admit it, we have to be somewhat skeptical of what the Airdyne, Polar, Gofitwear, etc tell us we have burned in terms of calories.

No matter what the exercise equipment and even if we have programmed the correct sea level, age, weight, height, etc, there is a certain amount of guess-and-by-golly in terms of how accurately our equipment displays calorie burn.  However, having said that, I do think we can get a reasonable, even if inaccurate, idea of how many calories we burn in a day while exercising.

I guess another related question is more to the point: Why do you do it? If you are just trying to stay healthy and lose weight 1000cal a day might be over-kill. If you can fit it into you day it's great but not everyone can. I've burned over 6000 per day at times on exercise but that was on military exercises and I'll still have 2000-3000 days even now, but often it's because I am training for something specific.

I usually burn that many. I aim for 90+ minutes of elevated heart rate a day, usually split between two sessions.

@ dabrock, I do it because I  enjoy it!

wow, 1000? I did 500 on the threadmill  + a tae bo video today and I thought that was a lot o.o

I'll workout more ^^

Original Post by ambereva:

I usually burn that many. I aim for 90+ minutes of elevated heart rate a day, usually split between two sessions.

@ dabrock, I do it because I  enjoy it!

LOL Yeah my number one reason as well. Not to mention that cyclists burn a ton just for the hell of it!

Since doing The New Rules Of Lifting  Hypertrophy I workout I'm averaging 1000 cals a workout.  I'm 50 5'6" 180 lb female this lifting workout asks for a variety of sets/ reps with each workout. My heart rate is getting as high as 175 during many of my sets and although I'll do the 30, 60 or 90 second rest in between, my heart rate is still staying pretty high.  this is a hard workout.  Most of my weight lifting workouts I'll average about 10 cals a minute this one though is about double.

I will also walk/ run for 1 mile after my lifting for my cool down.  so in an hour 15 min workout I will do 1000 cals.  however before this workout I was averaging about 500 - 600 .

1000 is a lot of calories for one day! but i can say i do it sometimes. some days i run about six miles and that burns about 650 and then i weight lift for about an hour. its probably closer to 900 though. other days, i run 2 or 3 miles and burn about 250, lift weights for about an hour and burn another 300 or so plus i take a 50 minute spinning class at my college tues ad thurs in the morning and burn about 500. and i lift very heavy weight, i use body builder routines and stuff, im not sure how many calories i burn but if feels very intense. lifting girly weights for an hour wouldnt burn as much

Original Post by dbackerfan:

Since doing The New Rules Of Lifting  Hypertrophy I workout I'm averaging 1000 cals a workout.  I'm 50 5'6" 180 lb female this lifting workout asks for a variety of sets/ reps with each workout. My heart rate is getting as high as 175 during many of my sets and although I'll do the 30, 60 or 90 second rest in between, my heart rate is still staying pretty high.  this is a hard workout.  Most of my weight lifting workouts I'll average about 10 cals a minute this one though is about double.

I will also walk/ run for 1 mile after my lifting for my cool down.  so in an hour 15 min workout I will do 1000 cals.  however before this workout I was averaging about 500 - 600 .

This is why you can't rely on HRM especially for lifting workouts. You are more likely burning around 400-600 cals not 1000+.

I burn a little over 1000 every Sunday because those are my long runs for training for a marathon.  (10 miles ~ 1000 calories)  However, during the week, I'd have to work out for almost 2 hours to burn 1000 calories, and I just don't have that kind of time.  I do four 1 hour sessions during the week and then a 2+ on Sunday for running.  If you have the time to do that, go for it, but burning 1000 calories is a HUGE time commitment.

oh, my. not happenin'.

unless i burn alot doing laundry, making dinner, doing dishes, working full time, running to the grocery store 5 times a week, vacuuming, taking out the garbage, doing more laundry, cleaning toilets, picking up clutter, and constantly reminding everybody else to do their chores.......that might total 1000 calories, but I'm not sure!

Original Post by dabrock:

This is why you can't rely on HRM especially for lifting workouts. You are more likely burning around 400-600 cals not 1000+.

yes except my heart rate for my usual weight lifting workouts averages 140- with this new workout its maxing out and staying higher for longer.  I know I'm burning some major calories cause I can eat close to 3K the next day and still have a loss.

I'm not going to argue with you I just know for ME and MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE my hrm does a pretty darn good average estimation of calories burned for MY workouts

Original Post by dbackerfan:

Original Post by dabrock:

This is why you can't rely on HRM especially for lifting workouts. You are more likely burning around 400-600 cals not 1000+.

yes except my heart rate for my usual weight lifting workouts averages 140- with this new workout its maxing out and staying higher for longer.  I know I'm burning some major calories cause I can eat close to 3K the next day and still have a loss.

Yes, of course, this is likely due to EPOC. That's why when you up your activity level on your calculator it will automatically add calories to you BRM and RMR.

Hi. I think the person above who said 1,ooo is a lot was right on... the thing is, any one of us could burn 1,000 calories by running 10 miles a day or spending 2 or 3 hours at the gym... but are you an amateur athlete or training for something that requires THAT level of time and commitment? Because its the New Year a lot of people have decided ot jump on the fitness bandwagon and I'd just caution against burn out. Do what you love, vary it to avoid muscle memory (and boredom), and make good choices with food-- its that simple (I've lost 60 lbs since July 09 on my own common-sense 'diet' plan- eat better and move more-- there is no magic secret).

Do at least 60 minutes of vigorous cardio 6 days a week to significantly reduce your risks of cancer and heart disease (research recommends this, especially to reduce your risk of breast cancer by as much as 30%)... I count my calories, but the the calorie burns on HRMs and machines are so subjective that its tough to really 'live' by those (just take a read of all the HRM and Calorie Burn forum topics!). You can't go wrong committing 60-90 minutes per day of cardio plus some weight training (I added a month ago- pretty lightly- and my arms are getting awesome so it DOES make a difference) and eat healthy food. Good health is a style of living and not a temporary fix (or as soon as you're done the weight comes back on). I hope you don't think I'm a buzzkill- I 100% encourage you! I just want you to see you reach your goals in good health and with moderation.

Original Post by midliferocks:

Because its the New Year a lot of people have decided ot jump on the fitness bandwagon and I'd just caution against burn out. Do what you love, vary it to avoid muscle memory (and boredom), and make good choices with food-- its that simple (I've lost 60 lbs since July 09 on my own common-sense 'diet' plan- eat better and move more-- there is no magic secret).

Do at least 60 minutes of vigorous cardio 6 days a week to significantly reduce your risks of cancer and heart disease (research recommends this, especially to reduce your risk of breast cancer by as much as 30%

You can't go wrong committing 60-90 minutes per day of cardio plus some weight training

I just want you to see you reach your goals in good health and with moderation.

midliferocks:  I think you make excellent observations.  But I would tell you that for normal people who are not use to doing much exercise, 60 minutes of cardio a day is really going to be difficult, at least initially.  For the New Year's Resolution people, I would recommend around 20-30 minutes 4 times a week, and I definitely agree that burn-out pretty much can make most people not follow through on working out.  I am not so cetain that 60-90 minutes of cardio would not be close to burning 1000 calories, depending on how much a person weighs and what his/her fitness level is.

Congratulations on your weight loss and your great attidude toward maintenance!

I frequently burn over 1000 calories a day, but it took me years to get to this point.

I do two training sessions a day, each ranging from an easy 30 minute run to an exhausting 3 hour endurance bike ride. It's a giant time commitment and sacrifice: I never have time to just sit down and watch a movie, or go window shopping.

I'd NEVER recommend anyone jumping into what I do right away: you'll hurt yourself. Start out with 30 minutes 4x a week of exercise, and work up from there.

I'd also like to add that a 1000 cal a day workout isn't going to happen for me due to the time and energy it would take.  Just doing the 2 days a week weight lifting for the 1K burn is more than I would normally do.

I am doing the couch to 5K and can only do about 350 burn -

If you have the time and energy and don't get burned out (as has been said) then 1000 cal a day is doable but it would be hard.

Excellent point about the 60 of cardio.... I actually worked up to that because of the research I've read. Its a good goal. I guess those of us pretty deep in the trenches (uh, this would be me) forget that not everyone is ready, willing or able to commit to 60 min X 6 days. My bad.

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