I’m Shelby Cullinan with today’s health news.
Those who walk for exercise are likely burning more calories than they know. A new study
from Southern Methodist University has developed a new equation to determine calories burned
while walking and their equation could be up to four times more accurate. After combing
through current studies, researchers found that current methods to count calories burned
while walking on a firm, level surface were too low about 97 percent of the time. The
amount of inaccuracy could be up to 20 percent too low if standard calorie-counting methods
are used. In other words, walking is a more efficient way to get in shape than many realize.
According to the study authors, this new equation has many applications for various populations,
particularly athletes and those in the armed forces. Using their new equation, along with
factors like body heat, core temperature and heart rate, soldiers and athletes could more
accurately predict fatigue and risk of overexertion. For dailyRx, I’m Shelby Cullinan.