Walking may be a bigger calorie burner than previously believed

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Walking May Be A Bigger Calorie Burner Than Previously Believed

Researchers at Southern Methodist University in Texas have some great news for people who choose walking as a form of exercise.

The activity likely burns more calories than is typically believed.

A fresh and focused look at standard equations and data used for determining energy expenditures revealed 97 percent of the estimates came in too low.

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The team also noted that most means of assessing calories burned were developed about 40 years ago and are based on a 'one-size-fits-all' equation.

In response, they have developed an updated mathematical method.

Lindsay Ludlow, one of the researchers, said, "Our new equation is formulated to apply regardless of the height, weight and speed of the walker. And it's appreciably more accurate."

At this time, the approach only applies to walking done on a firm, flat surface, but the group does plan to expand it to include up and downhill walking and treks taken while carrying objects.

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