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5/1/13 8:24 A

woodsy trails

SANDICANE Posts: 3,400
4/30/13 9:22 P

woodsy trail

JBIRDIEJ SparkPoints: (3,613)
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4/30/13 8:33 P

I have a app on my phone that tracks distance and time and even speed

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,412
4/30/13 8:28 P

Sure, changes in elevation will naturally mean you burn more calories.

The bit of uneveness on a typical trail doesn't really make any appreciable difference. A trail that is significantly tilted sideways (eg. going around the side of a hill) will burn more calories, as a number of muscles are working to keep you balanced and upright.

However, one thing to watch is that a trail that is challenging enough to burn more calories, is probably going to lead to you slowing down. You may want to check the distance and your timings to ensure you are in fact holding the same speed.


JBIRDIEJ SparkPoints: (3,613)
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4/30/13 3:13 P

Thanks. I wasn't really worried about it but I happened to be walking alone today and it was one of the thoughts that crossed my mind.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/30/13 3:10 P

Not significantly.

Your supporting and stabilising muscles get more of a workout keeping you upright on an uneven surface, but theyr'e very small muscles.

The difference would be negligible.

JBIRDIEJ SparkPoints: (3,613)
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4/30/13 3:05 P


I take a walk everyday. Its anywere between 2 miles and 5 miles. My question is assuming that i walk the same distance in the same amount of time. Does the woody trail burn more calories then pavement?

There are more hills and the ground is uneven as opposed to the even less hilly pavement.

Edited by: JBIRDIEJ at: 4/30/2013 (15:06)
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