Four Exercises For a Powerful Calorie Burn

Written by on March 21, 2020 in Exercise and Fitness with 0 Comments

Exercise is great. It boosts not only our physical health, but also our state of mind. It can help us lose weight if we need to. There are so many great reasons to work out! However, as with most things, not all forms of exercise are created equal. Some will burn more calories than others, so if weight loss is the goal, you need to make sure to pick the right workout. Some may surprise you – even fishing can burn 200 calories an hour, so check out

Most exercise that burns big calorie numbers does so because it’s challenging, or uses a lot of muscle groups, or both. Your height, weight, age, and overall fitness level also impact how many calories you burn. Please consult your doctor or physiotherapist before beginning a new workout regimen, and don't forget that compulsive exercise isn't healthy. Everything should be in moderation!


If you want to get fit and lose weight, but need to consider your long-term joint health, swimming is a fantastic option. It’s low-impact, works several different muscle groups, and can burn as many as 1000 calories per hour. You'll only burn quite that many if you're maintaining a quick pace over the entire hour, but even if you're less confident in the water, you can burn up to 600.

Butterfly stroke is the best calorie burner, with breaststroke and backstroke as strong performers, too. Freestyle is also a good stroke, but you'll need to keep your pace up as much as possible.


An hour-long spin class, or vigorous at-home session, can burn more than 900 calories. To get maximum calorie burn, you'll need to maintain a power output of around 200 watts, so make sure you're not cheating and turn up the resistance every time your instructor tells you to!

Cycling outdoors is also a fantastic way to burn calories, but as many cycle routes are reasonably flat (a spin session usually involves simulated hill climbing), an hour won't burn quite as many. However, take a route that includes a hill or two, and you're golden! Add a power meter to your handlebars to keep an eye on your power output.


Running is one of the best calorie-burning exercises there is. An hour's run at a steady 10 mph pace will burn up to 1500 calories, or potentially more depending on your weight (heavier people will burn more; lighter people will burn less). You'll also burn fewer calories if you run more slowly, but as your run fitness increases, you're likely to pick up speed. Don't be discouraged if you're just starting out. You'll start to see improvements sooner than you think.


One of the more physically challenging workouts on this list, kickboxing and some other vigorous martial arts can burn more than 700 calories in a single hour. Even the warm-up exercises for kickboxing classes can be extremely demanding and get your heart rate pumping, so don't skip out on those, and your calorie burn will be even more intense. Just take care and don't push too hard, too soon. Injuries are never a good outcome!

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