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A CBS News report from 2005 notes that about 45 million Americans diet each year. For 2005, the United States had household population of 288.4 million, so we might conclude that about 16% of the U.S. population is dieting at any one time.

Auctioneers who bid call expend energy, and therefore bid calling does burn calories — but how many? It appears no formal study has been performed, but like activities (such as vigorous singing, both standing and sitting) have been evaluated.

Based upon known calorie burning numbers for singing, it appears that:

  • One hour of bid calling while sitting burns about 100 calories.
  • One hour of bid calling while standing burns about 132 calories.

We also note that men typically burn more calories than women for the same activity. Thus, male auctioneers would burn a bit more than our above numbers, while female auctioneers would burn a bit less.

Too, calorie burning varies by a person’s weight. Generally, heavier people burn more calories than thinner people given the same activity.

Given that it isn’t unusual for an auctioneer to bid call for several hours for an auction, it appears that five (5) hours of bid calling burns approximately 550 calories, on average.

Other than burning calories, bid calling has other physical effects. Heart rate is increased, and the entire activity is normally aerobic in nature. Such activity conditions the heart and lungs with increased oxygen and increases muscle tone.

Vigorous bid calling can be anaerobic in nature, which tends to produces lactic acid. This can accumulate in the muscles and is responsible for muscle ache, and possibly also fatigue.

It appears bid calling is generally a healthy activity — and it burns calories.

Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, CAI, AARE has been an auctioneer and certified appraiser for over 30 years. His company’s auctions are located at: Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, Keller Williams Auctions and Goodwill Columbus Car Auction. His Facebook page is: www.facebook.com/mbauctioneer. He serves as Adjunct Faculty at Columbus State Community College and is Executive Director of The Ohio Auction School.