How many calories are you burning during these activities?

If you’re pressed for time and don’t have an hour or two to spare for exercise, you’ll probably want to know which workout produces maximum results. We did the computation for you and come up below with industry average stats for different weight loss activities. 



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Exercise physiologists approximate the calorie burned during this activity using the activity’s Metabolic Equivalent of Task (MET). In simple terms, this denotes to the amount of energy necessary to successfully finish the activity. Cross country hiking, as example, has a MET of 6.0 and that means around 387 calories loss in one hour. Backpacking, a similar activity, has a slightly elevated MET at 7.0 and burns 451 calories in an hour. In principle, fitness trainers say that the more heavy your load is the more calories will be burned.


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Biking or taking spinning classes can be at times viewed too easy by some people. They say, how hard can riding a bike be? The truth is biking or spinning can be as hard as you’d like it to be. For example, biking at a leisurely pace of 10 to 12 miles per hour can lose you 250 calories. On the other hand, when you increase speed and intensity to 20 mph, you can expect to lose as much as 750 calories. Likewise, an hour of high intensity indoor spinning class can help you shed off 700 calories or more.

Paula Procida, a personal trainer, says that it all boils down to form and execution.  If you’re using the proper technique, that is driving through your heels and engaging your core, you can expect maximum calorie loss with biking and spinning.


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Saying the exact amount of calories burned is impossible for there are so many forms of dance exercises that can be done today. Just 30 minutes of dancing can be a good cardio workout that can shed you anywhere between 100 to 400 calories. Slower styles like tango and waltz would of course burn fewer calories than high intensity dance programs like that of Zumba or Jazzexercise.

Elliptical Machine

Use the elliptical machine if you’re in search of a fitness program that would boost your heart rate without putting stress on your joints. Elliptical machines typically don’t have motors so its speed is determined by the user. Thirty minutes in this elliptical machine can burn you 250 lbs. at most.

Jump Rope

If you’re a veteran of home workout dvds just like me, you know that doing jump ropes is one of the most effective ways to raise your heart’s activity. In fact, in just ten minutes of a moderate intensity jump rope, a person can lose 100 calories. Jump rope is extremely difficult to maintain for longer periods of time but is very effective when performed nonetheless. 

Check out our very own specialized calorie counting app here.