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The Best Workout Is…

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
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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
Aerobics, water 402 501
Basketball game 584 728
Bicycling, < 10 mph, leisure 292 364
Bowling 219 273
Football, touch or flag 584 728
Ice skating 511 637
Resistance (weight) training 365 455
Rollerblading 548 683
Rope jumping 861 1,074
Running, 5 mph / 8 mph 606 / 861 755 / 1,074
Skiing, cross-country 496 619
Softball or baseball 365 455
Stair treadmill 657 819
Swimming, laps 423 528
Volleyball 292 364
Walking, 2 mph / 3.5 mph 204 / 314 255 / 391

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