What Activities Burn The Most Calories?

What Activities Burn The Most Calories?

We all know that cardiovascular exercise is the key to staying healthy and managing our weight but finding the time to partake is getting harder and harder.

Kids, work commitments, everyday chores – the time-eating reasons just go on and on…

The good news is that you don’t necessarily have to stand in a sweaty line on the local gym treadmill any longer – you just need to choose the right workout!

If you start concentrating on workouts that use more muscle mass and involve some sort of resistance you will see great results.

But what activities burn the most calories and how simple are they to get into?

Let’s take a closer look..

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Which Workout Burns The Most Calories?

1) Sprint Interval Training Workouts

Running at a steady state brings awesome results – especially if you manage to up your pace for periods of time during your workout.

Sprint interval training workouts offer you the chance to ‘up your game’ a bit and cut through a massive amount of calories. The main problem here though is that sprinting is darn hard work – you can only keep it up for a short period of time.

The trick is to use ‘intervals’ between sprints – try alternating between two minutes of sprinting and then recover with one minute of casual speed jogging.

2) Tabata Training Exercises

If you are looking for a a high-intensity exercise modality that sweeps through the calories in your body, Tabata training exercises are the way to go!

They are usually set up to give you 20 seconds of pretty intense work before letting you go through a 10 second rest period – rinse and repeat several times.

Each of the Tabata training exercises is made up of 3 to 4 different workouts ( crunches, sit ups, squats etc. etc, ).

It’s one of those workout techniques that sort of builds on you. At first you feel as if it is a walk in the park but by the fifth round of exercise you are in complete agony!

Research suggest that a bog-standard Tabata session can burn up to 15 calories per minute.

3) Swimming

Swimming is an excellent form of exercise that just about manages to work on every muscle in your body. Your legs and arms are ‘going for it’ constantly and the core of your body is working to keep you afloat.

It’s a pretty awesome way of cutting through the calories but each stroke has a different outcome.

Did you know that butterfly stroke burns near 25% more calories than the same distance as breaststroke?

Swimming in a pool is a great start but if you really want to challenge your calorie build up take on a shoreline. Swimming against a natural current will multiply your weight loss efforts.

4) Jogging as Exercise

Regulars to this site will already know that this is my main weapon of choice against the calorie build up. Jogging as exercise may be hard work but it’s benefits are more than worth it.

Unless you are bogged down in a physical job or you are ill there are no excuses – jogging costs nothing and is easy to get into.

Did you know that a a 155-pound individual can burn 372 calories in half an hour at a pace of just six miles an hour?

What do you think about jogging now?

5) Skipping Rope Exercise Benefits

When was the last time you tried jumping rope over a period of five minute? It seemed pretty easy as a kid didn’t it?

There are numerous skipping rope exercise benefits with regards to calorie burning. When you manage to get several minutes under your belt the process becomes similar to full on sprinting and it’s near enough impossible to carry on!

A 155 pound individual can easily use up 372 calories in 30 minutes with skipping.

6) Rowing Exercise Program

A rowing exercise program is a pretty steady way of using your legs, shoulders and back at a pretty continuous pace.

It manages to workout your hamstrings, quads, glutes, core, lats, shoulders, back, triceps and biceps.

Unfortunately for me, I injured my back pretty severely several years ago so I often have to miss the opportunity to use a rowing machine.

The results of rowing are much like swimming – they totally depend upon your surrounding conditions. Using a gym rowing machine is fine but taking on a windy day at a local river is ten times the work!

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16 thoughts on “What Activities Burn The Most Calories?

  1. How cool. I love your suggestions in this post. I have to admit, I hate working out because I feel that I don’t get the results I want or lose the calories I want and I don’t want to spend my free time in a gym. A lot of these different workouts I could get over with in a short period of time and get back to life. I didn’t know jogging could be so valuable either. Great information. I really like this website!

  2. Hi Chris,

    Your article is absolutely awesome, I was absorbed by the reading!
    Since I love swimming, it is ma favorite sport:) I was happy to know that I can burn a lot of calories by practicing this sport as I a have a problem doing aerobic or jogging. It’s too hard for me.
    Thank you very much for this helpful blog

  3. First off, I still hate jogging, it hurts. Literally, I feel like my collar bone is going to snap and I get bad menstrual like cramps when I run. It’s weird, I know, but thats my life.

    Secondly, I took an hour long jump roping class once. OMG I almost DIED! It was so hard and I nearly threw up, so I can definitely see that as an awesome way to burn some of those calories. I should get a jump rope.

    Thirdly, I’m curious, Calorie Ninja, about…. how do I say this… intimacy? How does that rank in the calorie burning world?

  4. Nice article. You are right it is so hard these days to try to find and exercise schedule that can fit into everyone’s busy schedule. between work, kids it seems nearly impossible, but you give some great ideas that don’t cost anything. I also like the videos you have included.

    1. Yep, work and kids certainly seem to take up large portions of your life don’t they? Thankfully there are reasonably simple options to tackle weight loss and stay on track in your busy life!

      Thanks for leaving your opinion Jessica!

  5. Hi, Chris
    Great to know all these calory burning exercises. But at my 63-year-old stage, my knees are the biggest issue. So, swimming and cycling are my cardiovascular exercises. I have stopped jogging, but do brisk walking (and alternating it with a slow walk – kind of intensity exercise). These helps.
    Thanks for sharing all these info, Chris.

    1. Yeah the knees give up at some point don’t they mate…Thankfully I’m not there yet. Sounds like you’ve got great alternatives on the go though – stay healthy! 🙂

  6. Hi Chris,
    Lots of great information there. I have done just about every type of exercise over the years. I used to be a bit of an exercise junky.
    However, about 4 years ago I developed a condition called Menieres disease. It primarily affects my hearing and balance. I can no longer swim and can’t run any more but I really miss exercising.
    Can you recommend any programme’s that I could do pretty much from a standing or sitting position? Any information would be very much appreciated.

    1. Hi there Eddie,

      First off – sorry to hear about your poor health experiences, hope you are feeling a bit better these days?

      Onto the exercises. I believe the Standing Bicycle routine could be something that fits your current predicament. It’s really hard to explain without the use of pictures or a video so I suggest you Google it and see (I won’t do it justice by waffling on about it!).

      Basically – most vertical abs workouts will be a choice you could consider (so check ’em out online!)

      Hope this helps mate!

      Good luck! 🙂

  7. Thanks so much for sharing this article! The exercises you shared reminded me of a few years ago when I was doing crossfit daily – the variety of workouts keeps your body from hitting a plateau so you keep burning those unnecessary calories. I haven’t done much exercise for a while, so I was glad to come across your post and remember how good I felt when I was doing these exercises daily!

    1. Well hopefully this article will get you back on that crossfit then Josie! (no excuses now – we’ll be checking up on you!!!!!). 🙂

  8. Good Morning Chris,

    On your About page I read you used to eat a lot of fast food. I suppose you do not anymore as with that type of diet it is very difficult to stay healthy and slim.

    Your list of activities/workouts is interesting. Having 2 websites I have noticed I sit more on my bum than in the past. I used to work more in the garden and that would help. 

    I think I will give Tabata Training Exercises a try as it looks like a better program than the small one I do.

    Regards, Taetske

    1. Hi Taetske!

      Well I’m the same really – I own 5 websites and I’m also a musician…so I spend a lot of time sitting on my ass!!!

      I eat properly these days and I get out running most mornings, meaning I can spend the rest of the day on my behind working! 🙂

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