Many workouts could complete the sentence. There isn’t just a “best workout” or one best exercise. What you need to find out is which workout is the best for you, the activity which fits you best. An interesting chart created by the Medicine & Science in Sport and Exercise analyzes the specific number of calories burned per workout, in average, of one-hour duration. Of course, these numbers may vary based on a multitude of factors, including type of exercise, intensity level, and your individual type (age, weight, height, etc.).
Nevertheless, it’s quite interesting to look into these numbers as it can be quite helpful for your personal fitness program.
For example, rope jumping can burn as many calories as running at the average speed of 8 mph. A great alternative for the winter when it’s cold outside, rope jumping can be done indoors and at any time of the day. If you like winter sports, ice skating and cross-country skiing burn similar calories as high impact aerobics, creating a fun alternative for you. If you need a break from the treadmill, pick up a game of basketball or flag football. It can burn nearly the same amount of calories and it can be a very fun way to socialize, meet new people or seeing some old friends. Just don’t go too crazy on the calories count, many people find it easier to manage their fitness program just by “having an idea” of the calories burned instead of “counting every single one”.
Calories per Workout
|Activity (1-hour duration)|
|160 pounds (73kg)||200 pounds (91kg)|
|Aerobics, high impact / low impact||533 / 365||664 / 455|
|Bicycling, < 10 mph, leisure||292||364|
|Football, touch or flag||584||728|
|Resistance (weight) training||365||455|
|Running, 5 mph / 8 mph||606 / 861||755 / 1,074|
|Softball or baseball||365||455|
|Walking, 2 mph / 3.5 mph||204 / 314||255 / 391|
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