To compensate for her Snickers binge, Laura Milligan churns off the calories by boosting her walks with her Siberian Husky. Post-Snickers, she doubles her early morning and evening dog walks to 30 minutes each, and adds a 15- to 20-minute afternoon walk.
"If she's walking at 3 to 4 miles per hour, she'll burn around 150 calories* an hour," says Sharon Zarabi, RD, CDN, a dietitian and nutrition expert for Focus28, an online weight-management program. To burn off most of the Snickers, she could add another 40 to 45 minutes of walking a day, Zarabi says, or make her walks harder. "If she walks uphill, she puts more stress on her calves and glutes—the muscles in the butt—and hamstrings—the muscles in the back of the legs," Zarabi says. "Her quad muscles on the front of the thighs get more of a workout, too. The more muscles she uses, the more calories she burns."
*All calorie-burning estimates are based on a 150-pound, 5-foot-5-inch woman. But calories burned vary, depending on how hard you exercise, and your height, weight, age, and body composition.
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