When you want to lose weight, you have to burn lots of calories. In fact, you have to make sure you are consistently burning more calories than you consume on a daily basis. This is what it takes to burn off fat and drop the weight. That means that choosing exercises that burn mega calories can help you achieve your results faster. Here are some choices that burn more calories than you’ll ever believe.
1. Try Plyometrics
The term plyometrics refers to moves that involve explosive movements. That includes things like box jumps and jumping jacks. These moves require you to challenge your cardio and work your muscles at the same time. They also burn mega calories in a short amount of time. In fact, experts say that you can burn up to 10 calories per minute by doing plyometrics moves. Perfect!
2. High Intensity Interval Training is Great
High intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a method of working out that maximizes the calorie burn of a variety of exercises. It involves going at a moderate pace for a prescribed amount of time and then alternating with shorter bursts of going all out. For example, maybe you jog for 2 minutes, then run at top speed for 30 seconds. You go back and forth for your 30 minute workout to ramp up the calorie burn. This form of exercise also works for biking, walking, the elliptical and much more.
3. Incorporate Supersets into Your Routine
Similar to HIIT, supersets involve doing two sets of exercises, one right after the other, without a break in between. This helps turn your average strength training routine into one that also includes some cardio. By skipping the rest, you increase your heart rate, which helps torch calories and increases your weight loss potential at the same time.
4. You’ve Got to Try Kettlebells
Kettlebells are one of my favorite ways to exercise. You can combine cardio and strength training into one workout and all you need is a single kettlebell. By mixing and matching strength training moves with kettlebell swings, you get a comprehensive workout that is fun and that can burn up to 400 calories in only 20 minutes. You can totally get behind this one, can’t you?
5. Try the Boxing Ring
Boxing is a really intense form of exercise that has the potential to burn hundreds of calories in a single session. All that jabbing, hopping and sparring forces you to keep your balance, which is great for your core, but it also burns calories and challenges the muscles all over your body. You can find sparring classes at many local gyms, but you can also hang a heavy bag and box on your own at home.
6. Take an All-Terrain Bike Ride
The reason why riding in all terrains is so beneficial for you is that it requires you to speed up and slow down, which gives you the benefits of interval training. But biking also burns lots of calories while shaping the muscles in your legs, butt, back, shoulders and core. A 30-minute ride is great, but if you can fit in an hour, you can easily burn several hundred calories doing something that is pretty enjoyable.
7. Hit the Pool for Loads of Calorie Burning
You don’t really sweat when you swim so it might not be your first thought when it comes to a mega calorie burning workout. However, your time is the pool is never wasted. Done right, you can burn more than 700 calories in one hour of swimming. At the same time, a swim also works the muscles all over your body for toning and slimming at the same time.
8. Hit the Rocks
Rock climbing-either indoors or outdoors-is a great way to burn some major calories! Plus, it engages your whole body (including fingers and toes) which is even more motivation to become a climbing master.
Whether you're an avid lake goer or you use an indoor rowing machine at a gym, rowing is an awesome way to burn calories and engage your body. In fact, rowing actually burns 12.5 calories per minute on an average sized person.
CrossFit may not be what you're into, but you might want to start! The CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day) burns an average of 13 calories a minute. It works different groups of major muscles and really gets your heart rate going. 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 air squats, repeated as many times as possible in 20 minutes. And don't forget to rest when needed!
Which of these exercises do you love? What others would you add to the list?