Calories Burned by Jogging in Place

By John Zaremba

Jogging in place seems like kid-stuff exercise, but in reality it is a great way to relieve stress, clear your head and get a quick workout in between your daily activities. It's also a perfect substitute for running when it's too cold or too hot outside--great news for people who do not have treadmills. What's even better, it burns a surprising number of calories.

Running In Place

According to, a website that has calorie-burning calculations for thousands of activities, a 150-pound person who jogs in place for an hour will burn 544 calories in that time.

Compared With Regular Jogging

Here's a surprise: Running in place actually burns more calories than traditional running, according to The same 150-pound person who burns 544 calories by jogging in place for an hour would burn only 476 calories on a moderate hour-long run.

On a Mini-Trampoline

Some people like to jog on a small trampoline (called a rebounder) because it is easier on the joints. According to, a 150-pound person who jogs on a trampoline for an hour would burn about 300 calories an hour.

How You Burn Calories

Everything you do burns calories--breathing, laughing, chewing, sitting, even sleeping. The more energy the activity requires, the more calories it burns. Several factors affect how efficiently your body burns calories. The biggest one is size--the more you weigh, the more energy it takes to move your body.

A Modern Twist

Jogging in place got a big boost in popularity from, of all things, a video game. The release of Nintendo Wii's "Wii Fit" features a jogging program so effective and entertaining that many gyms purchased the game system and made it part of their stock of exercise equipment.


About the Author

John Zaremba began writing professionally in 1997. He has worked at some of the country's finest small daily newspapers, including "The Beacon News" and "The Patriot Ledger." Zaremba is a graduate of the University of Illinois.

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