A Miner’s Calorie Consumption
What are your New Year’s Resolutions?
40% of people in the UK have resolved to loose weight.
This was an unlikely resolution for a miner pre-mechanisation. A typical miner would burn:
Shovelling coal 476
Drilling coal 442
Erecting supports 408
General tasks 402
Walking with a heavy load 350
What would the total caloric needs be for an average coal miner?
A miner who has to walk several miles to get to the coal face carrying his heavy gear where he spent the day shovelling coal might burn the following amount of calories:
Walking one hour to coal face carrying 0.5 to 1 stone in weight of gear 350
Shovelling coal onto the conveyor belt for 5.5 hours (476 cal / hr) 2,600
Walking one hour to pit top carrying 0.5 to 1 stone in weight of gear 350
Work Total: 3,300
At home (light activity, walking, sleeping) 1,500
TOTAL CALORIES 4,800
The NHS currently recommends that the average man consumes only 2,500 calories a day so miners needed nearly double the number of calories a man would need now. This made their #Snap vitally important to miners.