What exercises burn the most calories?

What exercises burn the most calories?

Never mind how fast, how strong, and how flexible, sometimes all we want to know is – how many calories am I burning?

If it’s fat-busting that you’re concerned with, then these exercises are sure-fire ways to burn calories quickly.

  1. First up, take a dip. Swimming works your entire body. Kicking your legs, the arm strokes, and contracting your core all help work every muscles. Remember though when it comes to calorie-busting, the type of stroke you use will make a big difference. If you burn 372 calories in 30 minutes of breast stroke, then you’ll burn 409 calories doing the butterfly.

  2. Step it up with some high intensity Tabata training, which is renowned for burning a lot of calories in a short period of time. The basis is that you undertake 20 seconds of work at high intensity, followed by 10 seconds of recovery. Then you repeat eight times. The average Tabata workout can burn 15 calories per minute.

  3. Running involves self-propulsion, so it’s hard. However, running is great at burning calories. A steady running pace of six miles per hour, a 155-pound person can burn 372 calories in 30 minutes.

  4. Ok, we all hate burpees, but if you’ve managed to avoid them thus far, then we will initiate you now, as they’re super calorie burners. to clarify: A burpee entails squatting down, kicking your feet out into a push-up position, doing a push-up, jumping your feet back to your hands, then jumping up into the air and reaching your hands over head. Doing them continuously is no easy feat, and trust us, you’ll burn calories like nothing else. 

  5. Climbing is another all-body exercise. From the very tips of your fingers to the ends of your toes, climbing a wall involves every aspect of your body and mind. Regardless of whether you are climbing outside or inside on a climbing wall, the effects are largely the same. Calorie-busting!


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Michael A.
31 January 2017

Michael A.

These are all great and more importantly they are all ones I enjoy too. But I would encourage people not to think about calories so much, as this can spoil exercise and make it too technical, when it should be enjoyable for its own sake.

Paula C.
31 December 2016

Paula C.

I love tabata training. it's over quickly, leaves me with a high, and I can then eat like a horse and not feel too guilty.

Ady K.
2 December 2016

Ady K.

Your body will continue to burn fat after you have finished your exercise routine Sarah.

Sarah L.
29 November 2016

Sarah L.

sadly yes - a tiny biscuit or piece of cheese and those 100 calories are back on board. I suppose the point is to know what is the most efficient exercise, and not to be fooled by claims for things that really don't do much.

Matthew C.
28 November 2016

Matthew C.

I don't care about calories and hope I never will. It's the enjoyment factor for me. They all burn calories, and what's 100 or so difference going to make?

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