Calories burnt running a 10k
If you are looking for an exercise to help you to lose weight and burn off some extra calories, running will put you on the right track! Running a 10K (10 kilometres or 6.2 miles) is a popular choice amongst both beginners and experienced runners, due to the distance having a good balance between being challenging and achievable.
So how much can you hope to treat yourself after crossing the finish line? On average a 10K run will burn around 600 calories (around 100 calories per mile), however, to find out a more accurate figure and to better plan your workouts to maximise your calorie burn, you will need to take a few things into account.
Calculating your calorie burn
The number of calories you will burn when running a 10K will depend mainly on your current body weight and the intensity of your run. As a general rule, the faster you run the more calories you will burn over a set distance, in this case 6.2 miles. For example, a 150lb person running at 10km per hour will burn roughly 650 calories over a distance of 10 kilometres, whereas someone weighing 160lbs running at the same pace will burn around 745 calories.
You can use a calorie burn calculator to get an accurate number for the amount of calories you burn whilst running, based on your body weight, running time and distance. If you are looking to increase your calorie burn over the 10K distance, running faster and on a varied terrain or steeper incline will increase the level of exertion in your workout, and therefore the amount of calories you burn. There are also a number of fitness apps available that can help you track your daily calorie intake and burn, so you can more successfully manage your weight.