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By Avril Reyes
When it comes to burning calories quickly, you are going to need to choose high intensity exercises, preferably with intervals to get your heart rate going up and down to keep your metabolism burning high. There’s not really any way around that. Here are some of the best exercises you can do that will burn the most calories in the least amount of time.
These are perfect for when you are time crunched, or just simply want to get a good workout done with fast and get the most out of your hard work.
Indoor or outdoor cycling is one of the top calorie burning cardio activities that you can do. You might even be able to burn about a 1,000 calories within an hour, you can’t really beat the efficiency of that! If you are cycling outdoors the natural hills should provide enough resistance to keep you working hard, but when you cycle or spin indoors make sure you are putting enough resistance on your bike to really feel the pull.
Keeping good form on either type of bike is crucial, that way you will also be toning your core and your arms in addition to working your legs. If you can somehow work a bike ride into your commute, then you can seriously productive about never missing a workout.
#2) Jumping Rope
This isn’t your playground version of jump rope. An hour of jumping rope can burn about 750 calories for women, and you can do it pretty much anywhere. If you have kids, it’s the perfect activity to do while you are watching them play outside. To up your calorie burn, only take a single hop in between swings, and maybe try a slightly weighed rope which will make hopping easier and more calorically challenging all at the same time.
Swimming laps burns over 700 calories an hour and it also one of the lowest impact sports you can do. That means no excuses if you are trying to recover from an injury or have a bad back. Swimming uses every muscle in the body which also makes it a time efficient workout, and you will notice yourself leaning out in no time.
If you are unsure about how to do the basic strokes (let’s me honest we learned to swim a million years ago), look for a quick tutorial online to remind you about proper breathing and stroke practices. As an added bonus, swimming can be super calming and mediative due to the ambient noise and separation from the rest of the world, so you might even get some of those thoughts sorted through while you’re at it.
Think of Zumba as like an updated, more relevant version of aerobics. It has a similar concept, you will be bouncing all over following along to moves and burning about 700 calories an hour, but while using dance moves you might recognize as opposed to obscure aerobics movements that you might not. Check your ego at the door for this one and try to keep up! This is the perfect activity for a group of friends as well, because it can be pretty entertaining.
#5) Running Intervals
Merely jogging for an hour can burn around 600 calories for a woman, but you can step that number way up by incorporating intervals into your jog or run. An interval is basically when you significantly pick up the pace for 30 seconds to a minute and then go back to your original pace for the next three minutes or so, and keep alternating the whole way through.
If it sounds exhausting that is because it is, but it will scorch the heck out of any spare calories you’ve got lying around. Make sure to take a long an awesome playlist that fires you up to keep you motivated, since running indoor or out can be a little tedious and you don’t want to slack off just because no one is there to watch you.
#6) High Intensity Interval Training
High intensity interval training, or HIIT is an awesome boredom buster that burns a ton of calories. Basically it involves doing intervals of things like jumping jacks, push ups, or anything else that involves moving around and using some resistance. The key is to keep moving through the interval and only briefly break at the end of each round. When done right HITT can burn up to 300 calories in only 20 minutes, no running necessary. What’s great about this type of workout is that you can switch up the moves every single day if you want to.
What’s your favorite calorie blasting workout on the list? Are there any you just can’t stand or any you have been meaning to try? Let us know why!