Losing weight can be difficult. The tried and true methods of eating healthy and working out are certainly the best ways to drop pounds, but there are thousands of diets and exercises out there so choosing the best ones can be difficult. Let’s take a look at the top work outs for burning calories as recommended by fitness professionals and physicians so you can meet your weight loss goals!
Swimming is a full body workout, using muscles in your legs, arms, core, and cardio. Different strokes work better for different folks, and they also burn different amounts of calories. For example, thirty minutes of swimming the butterfly stroke burn more calories than doing the breaststroke for the same amount of time. Also if you’re feeling adventurous, swimming in natural bodies of water like oceans or lakes, where currents make the workout even more difficult, will burn even more calories.
While jumping rope may be an activity many believe is for school children, it’s actually one of the more intense workouts you can do and it burns a ton of calories. It’s such an exhausting exercise that, unless you’re a well-trained boxer or athlete, you probably can’t jump rope for more than a few minutes at a time. For a good workout based around jumping rope, do it intensely for a couple minutes, recover by jogging in place, then repeat. The effects of jumping rope are similar to those of running at a full sprint.
It’s not all fun and games!
Running might be one of the most basic forms of exercise, but it is a tried and true method that is extremely effective. A 155-pound person can burn 372 calories by running at a steady pace of six miles per hour for 30 minutes. This simple exercise requires no equipment, but having a comfortable pair of running shoes and some music to listen to certainly helps!
Whether you’re running or biking up steps or a hill, working our on an inclined surface multiplies the calorie burning effects of many workouts by activating more muscle fibre usage. You reportedly burn 10% more calories per degree of incline for a given workout versus the same workout on a flat surface.
For example, a person running five miles per hour will burn 373 calories every thirty minutes on a five-percent grade as opposed to 298 calories at the same speed on a flat surface.