While strength training is important to boost your metabolism so you burn more calories at rest, if you want to lose weight you also need cardio. I Eti Jain, the founder and director of Nutrition Care Clinic would like to give seven unexpected cardio workouts that will help you lose weight (without losing interest)!
1. Walking [300-400 calories/hour]
Yes, walking! Perhaps the simplest, most available exercise around is walking. Walking is not only a great way to burn calories, but it’s also a low-impact workout so almost anyone can do it. Now, if you’re searching to burn calories and lose weight you can’t just head out for a slow evening stroll. In order to see results you need a brisk, moderately-fast pace in order to get your heart rate up and torch those calories. But it goes even deeper than that!
2. Running Stairs [1000 calories/hour]
A simple flight of stairs is about to be your new favorite workout tool. Walking, running, or lunging up a flight of stairs provides a great big calorie burn. A 150-lb person running stairs for an hour can burn 1000 calories! Wow! That’s crazy!!! Of course, it’s probably just as crazy to run stairs for an hour! But you don’t have to. Get this: A person weighing 160 lbs. will burn 102 calories walking up and down stairs for 10 minutes. That’s a lot! Even better, you can do a great cross-training workout in 30 minutes or less and burn off more than a regular running session. Look for an outdoor staircase near you that has more than one flight. If the weather is bad, use that simple flight of stairs in your home instead.
3. Kettlebells [800-900 calories/hour]
Kettle-what? Kettlebell! It is a cannonball-shaped weight that produces a powerful, effective workout like you’ve never experienced before! Kettlebell workouts combine strength training with cardio for a complete workout. And if you want a calorie burn, look no further. These babies can help you burn up to 20 calories per minute, which is the equivalent to running a 6-minute mile. Now that’s called getting the most from your workout time!
4. Jumping Rope [600 calories/hour]
One of the best cardio exercises for weight loss is jumping rope! It’s not only a calorie blaster but helps build bone density, strengthens your legs and makes your heart stronger. You’d have to run an eight-minute mile to work off more calories than you can burn jumping rope. Worried about the impact of jumping? Don’t worry, jumping rope is something that fit adults can add to their fitness routine. Done properly it is lower impact than running.
5. HIIT [600 calories/hour]
HIIT, or “High Intensity Interval Training,” has grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years. What was once used to train only elite athletes is now mainstream and can be found in any gym and all over in online workouts! High intensity interval training comes in many forms, but the goal remains the same: go all-out with your highest intensity for a short interval, then take a brief recovery and do it again. These higher intensity periods increase the body’s need for oxygen, causing your system to search for that oxygen and therefore burn more fat than lower intensity training.
6. Cycling [600 calories/hour]
Remember when you were a kid and riding your bike was the best part of the day? Hop back on that bike and start peddling! Cycling is an excellent way to get exercise, increase your heart health, strengthen your leg muscles and burn some serious calories. Outdoor cycling is fantastic and fills your need for fresh air and vitamin D. An average person burns between 400-600 calories in a 45-minute class. Sound like torture? It’s actually super fun! Take riding a bike, add a room full of people, mix in some motivating music and top it off with a great instructor.
7. Rowing [500-600 calories/hour]
Rowing is a full body exercise that works the biceps, triceps, shoulders, back, glutes, quads, hamstrings and corer body. In addition to all this strength training, keep in mind that the cardio benefits of rowing are intense! According to Harvard Health Studies rowing burns between 250-300 calories in a 30-minute session.