There is no denying that jogging burns lots of calories — the panting, profuse sweating and rapid beating of the heart all serve as testaments to that. Fitness experts say that you can burn nearly 400 calories when you jog for an hour. So in other words, jogging is the way to go if you wish to get rid of so many calories.
But what if you are not particularly fond of jogging? Does this mean that you have to force yourself to do something that you hate just to get fit and healthy?
Well, that’s not really a good idea — exercising needs to be fun and interesting so that you will not have a hard time doing it on a regular basis. Otherwise, you will find exercising a complete drag, causing you to choose plopping on the couch watching TV over burning calories and toning your muscles.
So if jogging is your least favorite thing in the world, there’s no need to worry. That’s because there are so many different alternatives to jogging that also let you burn plenty of calories in a short time!
Especially if you go uphill, bicycling allows you to burn nearly 400 calories per hour! The nicest thing about it is you get to sit down all the time, so it’s very friendly to your weight-bearing joints like the ankles, knees and hips. You can also zap plenty of calories when you use a stationary bike — just turn the knob for more intensity.
Just like bicycling, in-line skating is easy on your weight-bearing joints, But just because it’s very joint-friendly doesn’t mean that it’s easy on those calories. Fitness experts say that an hour of in-line skating enables you to burn over 400 calories. It’s definitely better than jogging, plus you get to do it on wheels!
If you find jogging and most other cardio exercises boring, then play some of your favorite upbeat tracks and dance away. Did you know that dancing intensely for an hour allows you to burn nearly 450 calories? Make sure that you go for moves that engage almost all of your body parts to have lots of fun and at the same time burn lots of calories.
Consider yourself lucky if there’s a gym near you that offers wall climbing. That’s because you have the opportunity to engage in a very thrilling physical activity that can let you burn up to 450 calories per hour climbing up. And as if that’s not enough, you also get to burn a decent amount of calories on your way down.
Even while you are sitting down and enjoying the wonderful outdoors, kayaking allows you to zap almost 700 calories per hour! That is, if you kayak intensely, engaging both your arms and legs when paddling. Instead of doing the real thing, you may also simply hit the local gym which offers a kayaking machine.
Jumping in the swimming pool is also a great way to burn lots of calories per session, courtesy of the resistance that the water provides. Although swimming in the manner that you like enables you to burn a lot of calories, fitness experts say that going for the butterfly lets you deal with nearly 800 calories per hour!
What’s so nice about boxing is it enables you to get your dose of cardio exercise while at the same time increase your ability to defend yourself. Boxing is perfect for those who hate to jog but like to get rid of tons of calories because an hour of punching and dodging can cause you to burn a little over 700 calories.