Here’s How Long You Have to Ride to Burn Off a Pumpkin Spice Latte

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At the beginning of September, coffee shops everywhere roll out their pumpkin spice flavored, well, everything. Lattes, blended drinks, coffees, cakes — anything that can have pumpkin spice WILL have pumpkin spice! With its pumpkin flavor shots and whipped cream, plan on spending an extra hour in the saddle.

According to their nutrition facts, a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks comes in at 420 calories. Or, just under a quarter of the suggested daily 2000-calorie intake. That’s if the latte ordered without any alterations, like using a non-fat milk or ordering without whipped cream. So how long does it take to burn 420 calories while riding?

This depends on a few factors: a person’s weight, how hard they work out, how long they work out, and how in shape already are. According to, the average person burns 2.8 calories per pound, per hour exercised, when they’re riding at a working rising trot. Or, 2.8 multiplied by a person’s weight multiplied by how long they’ve worked out by the hour. That means the average 150 lb person burns 210 calories per half-hour spent trotting, or half of a Grande Pumpkin Spiced Latte with whole milk and whipped cream from Starbucks.

The plus side to the PSL? Since it’s made with whole milk and whipped cream, the Grande has 14 grams of protein. It’s not the healthiest beverage, but it’s also not the worst thing in the world. Treat yourself to your favorite seasonal beverage. Just don’t forget to add in extra riding or work-out time so you can stay healthy and in shape.

Nicole is a writer for Heels Down Media. If she's not writing or editing, she's either running, doing yoga, or at the barn working on becoming a better, stronger dressage rider.

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