For Those Who Don’t Like Running, This Is For You!
Running is a great workout. It allows you to get out in the open air and reduce stress while providing an endurance-boosting workout. But for those of us that do not like running (I’m one of them), there are plenty of other ways to burn as many and in most cases more than running.
Generally, if you perform high-intensity weight training, you would burn more calories than you would if you were to go out for a brisk run. Studies have shown that a weight training burns up to as many calories as running a mile at a 6 minute pace!
The following 5 exercises will help you torch calories without ever needing to strap on those running shoes. Check out the exercises below share this with all of your friends that would like an alternative way to burn calories without running:
1. Kettlebell Swing
This explosive exercise works the big, powerful muscles around your glutes and quads, and sends your heart into overdrive, according to research from the University of Wisconsin. In the study, participants burned 20.2 calories a minute and their average heart was 93% of its max for the course of a 20-minute workout. The kettlebell swing works you so hard because it’s not a movement you’re used to. You’re not super efficient at it, which is taxing to your body.
A 180-pound person burns about 1.43 calories per burpee. So if you can hammer out at least seven a minute you’re in the double digits. But you should shoot to average at least 10 every 60 seconds, or a rate of 14.3 calories per minute. Why? Performing just 10 reps at a fast pace can rev your metabolism as much as a 30-second, all-out bike sprint, according to a study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting.
3. AirDyne Bike Sprints
It sounds downright crazy, it’s possible to blast 87 calories in one minute on this stationary bike that increases its resistance as you pedal harder.
The key: Give everything you have in that 60 seconds. Note: This number relies on the accuracy of the built-in AirDyne monitor, which calculates calories by converting revolutions of the fan into physical work.
4. Fat-Tire Biking
If you haven’t tried this fast-growing cycling sport, you should. You can burn up to 1,500 calories an hour—or nearly 25 calories per minute—pedaling the heavy, hard-to-turn monster bikes and tackling all types of terrain, all year round.
Reality check: That kind of calorie burn depends on your fitness and strength levels, and your skill. But regardless, it’s sure to be one hell of workout.
5. Battling Ropes
In a recent College of New Jersey study comparing various workout styles, battling-rope exercises came in first in terms of total oxygen consumption and an average calorie burn of 10.3 calories per minute. It’s the easiest and most effective way to drop 20, 30, or even 50 pounds (and flatten your belly forever).
Now that you know the exercises, put away the running shoes and try something different! Share this with your social media friends who aren’t fans of running.
To your health and wellness!
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