On holiday you might go swimming or badminton and you use up some energy with that. But with which holiday activity do you burn the most calories?
Ice cream is part of the holiday. Preferably one (or two) every day. But you probably prefer to skip those extra pounds, right? So for those who do not want to come out of the sea like a washed up whale, you will find here fourteen typical holiday activities and how many scoops of ice you burn per activity.
Burn More Calories During the Holidays
- Abseiling – 596 kcal / hour – 5.6 ice cream scoops / hour
- Scuba diving – 520 kcal / hour – 4.9 ice balls / hour
- Hiking – 446 kcal / hour – 4.2 ice cream scoops / hour
- Swimming – 446 kcal / hour – 4.2 ice balls / hour
- Water skiing – 446 kcal / hour – 4.2 ice balls / hour
- Dancing – 410 kcal / hour – 3.9 ice cream scoops / hour
- Snorkeling – 372 kcal / hour – 3.5 ice cream balls / hour
- White water rafting – 372 kcal / hour – 3.5 ice cream balls / hour
- Kayaking – 372 kcal / hour – 3.5 ice cream scoops / hour
- Badminton – 334 kcal / hour – 3.2 ice cream scoops / hour
- Horse riding – 298 kcal / hour – 2.8 ice cream scoops / hour
- Recreational volleyball – 224 kcal / hour – 2.1 ice cream balls / hour
- Frisbeeën – 224 kcal / hour – 2.1 ice cream scoops / hour
- Sleep – 46 kcal / hour – 0.4 ice cream scoops / hour
The numbers apply to someone with a body weight of 70 kg. If you are lighter, moving takes less energy. A scoop of ice cream is 50 grams and 106 kcal.
How much energy does a tent set up?
It is well known how much energy they cost for many summer activities. But what about the mother of all vacation activities: setting up the tent? Movement scientist Matthijs Hesselink from Maastricht University estimates that it corresponds to feeding and bathing children. That is about 260 kilocalories per hour.
“I assume a large De Waard tent, which you first have to lift out of the trunk. For the rest, setting up a tent mainly consists of fiddling and, if you are unlucky, arguing. You burn little energy with that. ”
Moving on vacation
The latter also applies to most holiday activities. And even if we do have an afternoon of water skiing or scuba diving, that does not necessarily do wonders for the line. We massively overestimate how many calories we burn with something and we underestimate how much we get with food.