For anyone planning to lose weight, running is among the first workouts that come to mind. We can definitely say that this is an effective way to do it: for a 155 lb person, running at 5 mph for 30 minutes should burn something like 298 calories. However, some people are not quite into running. Maybe it’s because it wears on their knees and joints, maybe they just think it’s boring.
I found some other exercises that can burn more fat than running. Also, check out our bonus ’exercise’ at the end.
1. Jumping rope — 372 calories
This is not just a popular child’s game, this is a common exercise among many athletes. Jumping ropes can be a great cardio exercise — besides helping with coordination and timing. Since it can be done in more than one way, anyone can come up with their own “tricks” to try this exercise.
2. Swimming (crawl) — 409 calories
Swimming is a great option for burning some calories and preventing many diseases at the same time. It is an effective way to avoid diabetes, stroke, and other forms of heart failure. Also, it helps to strengthen muscles, but with the advantage of not putting any stress on knees or hips.
3. Rock-climbing — 409 calories
Here’s a thrilling and fun way to burn some calories. Rock-climbing exercises muscles from pretty much the whole body, and its benefits can be felt even in your mental health, as it increases focus and self-efficiency.
4. Bicycling — 614 calories
The calorie loss obtained by riding a bike, like running, has much to do with the intensity of training. Adding some intermittent sprints during the ride may also be effective. There is also no shortage of reasons to ride a bike. Aside from being a good workout, with benefits for your muscles and heart, it’s a convenient, eco-friendly way of transportation.