When we think about losing weight, the one of the first things that we consider is calories. How we can get less calories and how we can burn more calories. There are a lot of answers when it comes getting less calories, such eating healthier, smaller portions and planned meals. Burning calories can have a variety of answers too. Such as gaining muscle to burn fat, eating foods that can increase energy levels and increase metabolism and the most important ones is physical activity. When it comes to physical activities we want to do ones that can burn a lot of calories. To help you out, we’ve listed some of the best calorie burning activities that you can do. From simple everyday chorus to intense workouts at the gym. See if your favorite physical activity is a part of this list.
Cycling is one of the best fat burning and heart pumping cardio you can do. It is also a great way to travel. You work out your legs, arms, core and buttocks as you cycle. It can be a huge pain to people that are not physically fit, but you have to admit 1000 calories per hour from cycling is worth it. Women that cycle at least an hour in high intensity who is average weight can burn up to 850 calories and more if you are above average in weight. This is even a lot higher in men, average weight men’s cycling in high intensity can burn you up to 950 to 1000 calories. Not a bad deal. Taking your bike to work can not only benefit the environment, it can also help stay fit.
So, how can an activity that has to do with food help you lose weight? Well, an average family goes to the grocery store once a week and some people that live alone are more prone to either going twice a week or once a month (depending on lifestyle). Most people spend about an hour or more going through the grocery aisle. This activity can help you lose about 260 calories per hour. It can also help tone your arms as you pick up things, pay for it and carry it home. You can amp up this activity by carrying heavier items such as sodas, laundry detergent and so on first. If you really want to tone that arm muscle ditch the stroller and opt for a basket. This can also work for shopping, trying on clothes, picking out new items for your home, etc. can also burn a lot of calories. Just don’t counter it by sipping a heavily sugared drink and eating a fatty meal.
Playing with Your Kids or Pets
If you have children at home, you will know how much energy it takes to take care of them. If your sibling or younger cousins want to play; reconsider, saying no. Playing a high intensity game such as running, tag or simply throwing a ball around can help you burn up to 300 calories an hour. You can burn more calories if you perform outdoor activities such as using the trampolines, Marco polo in the pool and duck duck goose. Just remember to engage your muscles while you work out to intensify your workout. You can do the same when you play fetch with your pets, carrying your cat around the house or just walking your dog.
Cleaning the House
If you ever feel the urge to clean the house, then start picking up that mop. Spending a few hours a day cleaning your house can burn you a lot of calories. From washing the dishes, changing your bed sheet, folding your clothes, mopping the floors, and wiping the furniture. All of these things can help you burn a lot of calories. You can burn up to 330 calories an hour. You can even intensify your workout by cleaning with some music or adding some weights to your ankle and arms to build muscles.
There is a reason why boxers prefer jumping rope when they train. It is one of the best calorie burning activities. It can help you a few pounds in no time. Jumping rope can help tone the arms, leg, core and pretty much the whole body. An hour of intense jumping rope can burn up to 850 to 1000 depending on the intensity, body weight and gender. Spending at least 10 to 20 minutes of jumping rope a day can make you a lot fitter.
We burn calories throughout the day, even when we are sleeping. Though, there are certain activities that you can do that can increase your calorie burn and help yourself get toned and healthy. There are even certain activities that you do such as mowing the lawn, folding clothes and your daily commute that can burn a lot of calories. Above are some of the best calorie burning activities that you can try and is probably doing right now. Remember, any form of movement, such as swaying your legs as you sit or walking every few minutes can help burn more calories than simply sitting or lying in bed. So, is your favorite activity on this list? Share with us other calorie burning activities we missed!