A person who uses a manual wheelchair can burn up to 120 calories in half an hour while wheeling at 2 mph on a flat surface, which is three times as much as someone doing the same action in a motorized wheelchair. The same person can expend 127 calories while mopping and as much as 258 calories while fencing in a thirty-minute timeframe if the activities are done in a manual wheelchair. This is according to a review article written by UT Knoxville professor David R. Bassett Jr.
Want a slimmer, healthier community? Try building more sidewalks, crosswalks and bike paths. A study authored by UT Knoxville professor David Bassett Jr. and three other researchers was published today in the American Journal of Public Health, concluding that communities with more walkers and cyclists are healthier than those where people must rely on cars to get around.