I was just wondering this as well. I'll see how that adds up.
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456 6/27/12 5:43 P
a bit late, but i found this: MyFitnessPal provides calorie expenditure estimates for pushing a stroller with a child. An hour of pushing a stroller will burn about 170 calories if you weigh 150 pounds. Use the equation C = (1.13 x B) to calculate the calorie expenditure for other body weights, where C is your calorie expenditure and B is your body weight.
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122 9/25/11 4:29 P
I feel more tired after walking while pushing a stroller
I did my first walk with a stroller today. I did not feel any difference. I noticed that it took next to no effort to push so maybe .01% more energy was used walking. Different strollers may make a difference. I am going to just track my mileage and time as if it were a stroller-less walk.
Me personally, I regularly push about 65 pounds of children in a double stroller, and also bear in mind that I keep the same pace without a stroller. I've found that my heart rate gets noticeably higher and I burn more calories with the stroller. I guess it really just depends on the individual.
A heart rate monitor with a calorie calculator on it would give you the exact number of calories burned. You could then compare to how much you burn without the stroller. I have no clue if it would be more or less. I have no children yet.
I don't know about additional calorie burn with a stroller, but have you considered getting a good carrier (or do you have one) like an Ergo? It distributes the baby's weight really evenly. (I can still wear my 25 pound 28 month on my back quite easily, although the front carry doesn't really work any more.)
I often push a stroller and I can tell the difference in my arms...but have often wondered if the 'stabilizing' affect of balancing on the stroller takes away from the calorie burn. Myd aughter said she read somewhere that it burns more calories though. I know I hope so. Have you looked it up on SP or the internet?
Walking burns calories because it is weight-bearing exercise, and you have to lift your body weight (even if it's only an inch) with every step. But with a stroller, the additional weight goes down through the wheels.
With a good stroller on level ground, the additional calorie burn is virtually nil. There is a slight additional burn on hills, but it is not huge.
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13,344 6/29/11 6:48 P
You are absolutely right when it comes to the momentum of the stroller, and I have personally found a lower calorie burn when pushing a stroller, as I typically go slower than stroller less.
I just started doing daycare for a 6 month old little girl, and she loves to go on walks. So on days that aren't too hot, I was thinking of taking her with me and my son for a walk instead of waiting until she went home. She is a very chunky baby, I get tired carrying her more than just across the apartment. Will pushing a stroller make much of a difference in the calorie burned with my walking? I know most of it is just momentum, as you get going the stroller just rolls along and you aren't really using much to push it, so I wasn't sure how much of a difference this makes and if I need to find a way to count it or just go by my usual mileage tracking.
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