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(Runner's World)   True or false: The taller you are, the fewer calories you burn while walking   (runnersworld.com) divider line 26
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1796 clicks; posted to Sports » on 19 Aug 2013 at 9:30 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-08-19 09:33:52 AM  
False.

/What did I win?
 
2013-08-19 09:36:57 AM  
No.  Can we solve cancer now?
 
2013-08-19 09:37:24 AM  
 
2013-08-19 09:38:15 AM  
I would think it has more to do with the actual length of your legs, rather than your overall height. Two people who are the same height can differ significantly in the relative lengths of the legs and torso.
 
2013-08-19 09:54:55 AM  
The formula seems to be treating height as an independent variable from oxygen consumption and speed.
 
2013-08-19 09:55:05 AM  
False. The taller you are at a given weight, the fewer calories you burn while walking. Heavier people have more total cells to undergo metabolic activity, and will thus always burn more calories as a baseline. But if you compare tall/skinny vs. short/stocky, the taller person's legs are working less hard.
 
2013-08-19 09:55:51 AM  
Slow news day
 
2013-08-19 10:06:41 AM  
Tall people can walk faster because their legs are longer. Their max calorie burn is higher, though at a given speed it is obviously less than that for someone whose legs must churn faster to keep up with a bigger stride.
 
2013-08-19 10:08:53 AM  
It doesn't matter, there are so many other great societal and economic benefits to being tall.
 
2013-08-19 10:12:15 AM  
Excuse me. I was told there would be no applied physiology.
 
2013-08-19 10:36:10 AM  
That's tallist!
 
2013-08-19 10:40:12 AM  
I am 6 foot 2 and fat.

So according to the comments and that link, I don;t burn more calories at the same time as I do burn more because I am fat.

So I am not confused because I am confused.
 
2013-08-19 10:46:38 AM  
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2013-08-19 11:01:23 AM  

Cybernetic: I would think it has more to do with the actual length of your legs, rather than your overall height. Two people who are the same height can differ significantly in the relative lengths of the legs and torso.


I think it has more to do with weight than height. Taller people generally weigh more than shorter people and require more energy to move their mass from point A to point B.
 
2013-08-19 11:16:16 AM  
All I know is that I get annoyed by short little trolls that walk slowly in front of me while I'm trying to get somewhere. Somehow, when I try to go left to go around them, they lose the ability to walk straight and stumble right in front of me.

Then I pick them up and throw them down the sewer.
 
2013-08-19 12:44:47 PM  
Short people ain't got no reason to live.

/6'7" so suck it.
 
2013-08-19 12:55:06 PM  
Man, that is a really enthusiastic blog about such a mundane subject.  Good for him for finding the right career to be in.

/back to my own dorky excel models
 
2013-08-19 01:10:34 PM  
Well, I'm glad we got that figured out. Now, all I need to do to supercharge my workout is to cut off my lower legs.
 
2013-08-19 01:18:10 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: I am 6 foot 2 and fat.

So according to the comments and that link, I don;t burn more calories at the same time as I do burn more because I am fat.

So I am not confused because I am confused.


The way I'm reading it is this.

Given otherwise equal people of the same weights and metabolism, the person who is taller (or at least has longer legs) is going to have a lower cadence (number of steps per minute) to go the same speed.

Since cadence is the big determinant of how many calories you burn (assuming all else equal), having a lower cadence is bad.
 
2013-08-19 01:19:15 PM  

meyerkev: Jim from Saint Paul: I am 6 foot 2 and fat.

So according to the comments and that link, I don;t burn more calories at the same time as I do burn more because I am fat.

So I am not confused because I am confused.

The way I'm reading it is this.

Given otherwise equal people of the same weights and metabolism, the person who is taller (or at least has longer legs) is going to have a lower cadence (number of steps per minute) to go the same speed.

Since cadence is the big determinant of how many calories you burn (assuming all else equal), having a lower cadence is bad.


AKA: Why I set the pace when going for a walk with friends and family.  I can go about 2x as fast as anyone in the family for longer distances.
 
2013-08-19 01:22:29 PM  

meyerkev: meyerkev: Jim from Saint Paul: I am 6 foot 2 and fat.

So according to the comments and that link, I don;t burn more calories at the same time as I do burn more because I am fat.

So I am not confused because I am confused.

The way I'm reading it is this.

Given otherwise equal people of the same weights and metabolism, the person who is taller (or at least has longer legs) is going to have a lower cadence (number of steps per minute) to go the same speed.

Since cadence is the big determinant of how many calories you burn (assuming all else equal), having a lower cadence is bad.

AKA: Why I set the pace when going for a walk with friends and family.  I can go about 2x as fast as anyone in the family for longer distances.


Right. My wife wants me to come on a walk with her for both the spending time part of it and my fast walk stride can outpace her damn near running stride consistently. I'm 6'2" and she's 5'2".
 
2013-08-19 01:48:40 PM  
If I never hear another short person whining about how they're only slower than me because I'm tall it'll be too soon. Same with basketball and short people who can't jump or get position whining about not getting rebounds because I'm tall.

How about you get better, then?
 
2013-08-19 01:53:18 PM  
Walking is a slow fall so the longer you fall, the harder you burn.

/I went to Arizona State. I got this.
 
2013-08-19 02:38:44 PM  
They burn more calories and they can find pants that fit? Wow they're not allowed to biatch in my presence.

/like I could hear them up here anyways
 
2013-08-19 04:37:52 PM  

IAmRight: If I never hear another short person whining about how they're only slower than me because I'm tall it'll be too soon. Same with basketball and short people who can't jump or get position whining about not getting rebounds because I'm tall.

How about you get better, then?


speed and height have a poor correlation.

Height may increase leg length.  However, speed is dependent on stride rate, push off, and geometry.  Only geometry involves leg length and even then, it is down on the list of things that change stride length.

On the other hand, height also increases weight, which slows you down.

You aren't slow because you are short, you're slow because you are fat.
 
2013-08-19 05:03:12 PM  

bacongood: You aren't slow because you are short, you're slow because you are fat.


Well, sure, but I'm nice enough not to tell them that.

Besides, it's not usually the fat ones complaining. It's the skinny ones that have good metabolisms but never exercise without being ordered to.
 
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