Seeking the best way to burn calories?
HealthLoco understands! In a fast-paced and efficiency-loving time such as this, all we want to do is to find the most efficient way to do things, which in this case is to burn calories. Especially for those with a packed schedule and unable to find much time for fitness, knowing which exercise burns the most calories in the shortest amount of time is of great importance. So, HealthLoco has compiled a list of 36 exercises and the corresponding amount of calories burnt in an hour, to aid you in your quest for fitness.
HealthLoco Tip: Exercising on its own doesn’t do much in helping you to lose weight, you have to work on your diet too.
The Mayo Clinic, drawing on research published by the National Institutes of Health, lists 36 popular forms of exercise by their caloric impacts. We’ve ordered them by intensity, starting with the least. However, exact figures will vary across body types, gender, age, and other factors.
One final thing! Take note that it’s not the activities which burn the most calories that are the best, but the activity which you enjoy enough to consistently take part in.
36. Hatha Yoga – 228 Cals/h
Hatha Yoga is chill, and focuses on holding specific positions instead of having a lot of movement involved, thus burning the least amount of calories amongst the other exercises.
35. Slow Walk, 2 mph – 255 Cals/h
Photo: Lacey Raper
Taking an hour-long stroll burns you 255 calories.
34. Bowling – 273 Cals/h
Photo: Benjamin Faust
Bowling, ballroom dancing and practising Tai Chi all burns an approximate 273 calories per hour.
33. Ballroom Dancing – 273 Cals/h
32. Tai Chi – 273 Cals/h
Photo: Mark So
31. Canoeing – 319 Cals/h
Photo: Bob Orchard
30. Slow Cycling – 364 Cals/h
29. Volleyball – 364 Cals/h
Photo: Jacob Repko
28. Power Yoga – 364 Cals/h
Photo: Artem Bali
Also known as Vinyasa, this form of yoga differs from Hatha Yoga in that instead of holding a pose to concentrate on breathing, Vinyasa transits from position to position often, and is more demanding physically.
27. Golfing (and carrying your clubs) – 391 Cals/h
Photo: Courtney Prather
Carrying your clubs yourself as you travel around the course aids in the burning of 391 calories per hour.
26. Downhill Skiing – 391 Cals/h
Photo: Nicolai Berntsen
25. A Brisk Walk – 391 Cals/h
Well, brisk walking is subjective, so a benchmark brisk speed would be a hundred steps per minute.
24. Low Impact Aerobics – 455 Cals/h
This, and the next 3 exercises burn 455 calories per hour
23. ‘Running’ on the Elliptical – 455 Cals/h
Photo: Modern Stork
22. Resistance Training/Weight Lifting – 455 Cals/h
21. Baseball/Softball – 455 Cals/h
Photo: Nathaniel Yeo
20. Water Aerobics – 501 Cals/h
19. Light or Moderate Lap Swimming – 528 Cals/h
18. Hiking – 546 Cals/h
Photo: Jake Melara
17. Rowing Machine – 546 Cals/h
Photo: Javier Cantero
16. Water Skiing – 546 Cals/h
Photo: Tommy Lisbin
15. Cross Country Skiing – 619 Cals/h
14. Backpacking – 637 Cals/h
Photo: Aaron Thomas
13. Ice Skating – 637 Cals/h
Photo: Vince Fleming
12. Racquetball – 637 Cals/h
11. High Impact Aerobics – 664 Cals/h
Photo: Studio Zrahz
10. Rollerblading – 683 Cals/h
9. A game of Basketball – 728 Cals/h
Photo: The 5th
8. Flag Football – 728 Cals/h
7. Tennis Singles – 728 Cals/h
6. Running, 5mph – 755 Cals/h
Photo: Jenny Hill
5.Running up Stairs – 819 Cals/h
Photo: Clique Images
4. Vigorous Swimming – 892 Cals/h
3. Taekwondo – 937 Cals/h
Photo: Uriel Soberanes
2. Jump Rope – 1074 Cals/h
1. Running, 8 mph – 1074 Cal/h