Despite all its benefits—burning calories, reducing stress and boosting endurance—running isn’t exactly everyone’s favorite activity, especially with the advent of technology and quicker means of transportation between locations. If that sounds like you, the good news is that running isn’t the most efficient method of burning calories—the average person at an average pace burns up to 10 calories per minute while running. There are workouts that rank higher on the fitness charts, including these ten calorie burners.
1. Kettlebell Swings
These exercises are perfect for torching calories and sculpting a lean figure. They easily amp heart rate for every rep of pure explosive power. Apart from working the entire body, kettlebell swings sculpt the glutes and quads.
These are super efficient at reducing excess body fat. In fact, research done by the American College of Sports Medicine found that a 180 pound man can burn almost 1.5 calories for each burpee done. The figures get even better when you ramp up the number of burpees you do in a short timeframe. Aim for at least 10 burpees in 60 seconds.
3. Jumping Rope
Jumping rope doesn’t only get your heart rate up for an intense calorie burning session, it also improves balance and coordination. Moderate intensity jump-rope sessions burn about 13 calories each minute.
4. Battle Ropes
These special rope workouts really seem to be key to ramping up fitness. Battle rope exercises achieve an average calorie burn of almost 10.5 calories per minute.
5. Walking Uphill With a Load
You know how hard walking gets once you have to go up an incline or hill, and it gets even harder when you’re lugging some heavy stuff too. This workout is cost effective too, sine all you need to do is fill a big strong backpack with rocks and walk up a hill. You’ll burn up to 415 calories per hour at an average walking pace.
Sure, dancing is fun and all but the fact that we can practically dance the calories away makes it even better. Dancing burns up to 443 calories per hour, so say yes next time your friends want to hit the club.
7. Rock Climbing
Rock climbing isn’t just a fun, challenging workout that ramps up the adrenaline, it also delivers on the fitness front. Climbers can look forward to burning upwards of 455 calories per hour.
8. In-line Skating
Even though it might seem easy, and yes, it’s fun, skating also doubles as a intense calorie burning exercise that’s an excellent alternative to running.
Surprise! Even though you’re sitting when you row, it burns major calories—682 per hour! This helps make rowing one of the most intense and effective exercises that you can adopt in your fitness regimen.
Put on the gloves and hit the gym because taking up boxing isn’t just going to make you feel tough, it’ll also make you super fit in record time. The average boxing session burns about 727 calories per hour.