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Title: Calories and steps! How many days of walking/hiking in the Himalayas does ONE Christmas lunch translate to?
Authors: Pillay, Julian David 
Brown, W. 
Keywords: Energy intake;Physical activity;Energy expenditure;Pedometer
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Health & Medical Publishing Group
Source: Pillay, J.D. and Brown, W. 2015. Calories and steps! How many days of walking/hiking in the Himalayas does ONE Christmas lunch translate to?. South African Journal of Sports Medicine. 7(4): 118-120. DOI:10.17159/2078-516X/2015/v27i4a158
Journal: South African journal of sports medicine (Online) 
Background. The festive season is a time when people are at risk of overeating and weight gain. An active break during this time can help maintain energy balance.
Objectives. To determine steps taken during a walk/hike to Everest Base Camp and back and compare estimated activity-related energy expenditure to a typical Christmas lunch. Methods. Five adults (39-70 years) completed an 11-day walk/hike. Pedometer-measured steps were recorded at two cadences: ‘aerobic’ (>100 steps/minute for 10 consecutive minutes) or ‘slower’ steps. Activity-related energy expenditure was estimated using generic values for walking uphill/downhill at each cadence. Energy intake of a typical Christmas lunch was estimated.
Results. Participants accumulated a total of 143 770 steps, or 13 070 (SD 8 272) steps/day, 20% of which were ‘aerobic’. Total walk-related energy expenditure was estimated at 22 816  kcals, or 1 901 (SD 580) kcals/day.
Conclusion. Estimated energy intake in one Christmas lunch equates to 1.7 days of walking/hiking.
ISSN: 1015-5163 (print)
2078-516X (online)
DOI: 10.17159/2078-516X/2015/ v27i4a158
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