When it comes to burning calories, most people know that running is an excellent exercise. However, there are other exercises that can help you burn the most calories. For example, rowing is a great upper and lower body workout that also requires a lot of effort. And box jumps are a plyometric exercise that can add an explosive element to your bodyweight training calorie-burn circuit. Using a heart rate monitor can be an effective way to track your calorie burn during exercise. However, it’s also important to remember that the calories you burn during a workout depends on a variety of factors, including intensity and duration.
According to Healthline, running burns a maximum of about 800 calories per hour for a 200-pound person. To get the most out of your running session, try increasing the intensity and reducing the rest time between intervals.
Another calorie-burning cardio exercise is swimming. Although it’s not as popular as other exercise choices, swimming burns a decent number of calories. According to the Mayo Clinic, a 30-minute swim at a slow pace will burn about 61 calories. If you want to increase your calorie burn, swimming at a faster pace will burn more calories.
Brisk walking also burns a decent amount of calories. You can do it on a treadmill in your home or go for a walk outside. You can even do it with friends.
Martial arts exercises like Taekwondo are a fun way to burn calories. The kicking and punching movements work major muscles in your legs, arms, back, and chest. It can also improve your balance, focus, and endurance.
Another exercise that works major muscle groups is bodyweight squats. Start with a quarter squat position, then push off and up with one foot while swinging your other leg behind you. Repeat for the prescribed time.
For a high-intensity cardio workout, try burpees. These bodyweight exercises use your entire body in an explosive movement and don’t require much space to perform. You can start by doing one burpee for the first minute, then two the second, and three the third minute.
To make your ab workout more challenging, incorporate bicycle crunches. Begin by lying on your back with your hands behind your head, your knees bent, and your feet in the air. Bring your left elbow to your right knee, then straighten out your left leg. Repeat for the prescribed time.
Calisthenics is a term for bodyweight-based strength-training exercises that are performed in a rhythm, using your own body weight as resistance. Patricia Greaves, a corrective exercise specialist and nutrition coach at StrongHer Personal Training, says that a 30-minute calisthenics session can burn between 140 to 200 calories.
For an added challenge, try adding a plank hold to your routine. To do a regular plank, lay on the floor with your legs extended straight in front of you. Then lift your chest, shoulders, and spine off the ground with your palms facing each other.
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