When working out, most of us want to burn the most calories that we possibly can. I have compiled a list of the top 10 exercises and sports that will allow men and women to burn the most calories.
All 10 of the physical activities on my list will allow a person who weighs 260 pounds to burn at least 1,000 calories an hour. I will break this down for those who weigh less so everyone has an accurate idea of how many calories they will truly burn.
The average U.S. woman is 5 foot 4 inches and weighs 163 pounds, whereas, the average man is 5 foot 9 inches and weighs 190 pounds.
The amount of calories that one is able to burn per hour depends upon how much they weigh and how hard they work. The heavier a person is, the more calories they burn. I weigh about 112 pounds, so I can understand that this may sound frustrating. The good news is that when you are lighter, you will have less weight to carry, making the exercise easier.
#1 Spinning and elliptical trainer
Spinning on a stationary bicycle and exercising on an elliptical trainer both offer the highest calorie burning benefits. A 260-pound person will burn 1,342 calories an hour. The average male or any person weighing 190 pounds will burn 980 calories in 60 minutes, and the average female weighing 163 pounds will burn 841.
#2 Skiing (downhill and cross country)
Downhill and cross country skiing is an excellent winter sport that burns fat while one has fun. Someone who weighs 260 pounds will burn 1,030-1,342 calories an hour. The average male will burn 752-980 calories skiing, and the average female will burn 645-841.
A ski machine comes in close, and the average man will burn 832 calories, while the ordinary women will melt away 714 calories.
#3 Basketball (full court)
Full court basketball is a fun sport that will help one to lose or maintain weight. When wanting to hang out with friends and work together, basketball is a great, calorie blasting sport. The person who weighs 260 pounds will burn 1,295 calories for each hour they participate. The ordinary man will shred 946 calories, while the average women will melt away 812.
#4 Rock climbing
Indoor and outdoor rock climbing offer a healthy adventure. Again, a 260-pound person can easily burn 1,295 calories an hour while enjoying this sport. Men, you will burn 946 calories, and women you will burn 812.
#5 Soccer (competitive)
Competitive soccer is another sport that involves team work and constant motion. Those who weigh 260 pounds will burn 1,186 calories per hour. Males can enjoy this sport while burning 866 calories each hour. Females will ignite their metabolism and annihilate 743 calories.
Running at a speed of 6 mph will allow a 260-pound person to burn 1,186 calories every hour. Men who run 6 mph will burn 866 calories, and women will burn 743. Keep in mind that the faster you run, the more you burn.
#7 Rope jumping
Rope jumping is hard work, but it offers high calorie burning benefits. The same 260-pound person will blast away 1,186 calories after jumping rope for an hour. Males who participate in this high intensity workout will burn 866 calories per hour, and females will burn 743.
Swimming is a great sport that works the entire body in the water. Burning 1,154 calories in 60 minutes will happen without breaking a sweat for those who weigh 260 pounds. The average weighing man will scorch 844 calories when swimming, while the average woman will melt away 724.
Rather you choose to go rollerskating or rollerblading, you will be burning butter. For those who weigh 260 pounds, 1,076 calories will be shed each hour. Men, put on your skates and prepare to annihilate 787 calories each hour. Women, prepare to have fun while burning away 675 calories.
Oddly enough, women (or those who weigh less) will burn more calories skating than swimming, whereas, men (or those who weigh more) appear to burn more swimming.
#10 Vinyasa yoga
Vinyasa yoga is a type that involves breathing in synchronization to each movement. Yoga is my favorite exercise of all 10 listed, and vinyasa yoga will subtract 1,030 calories each hour from a 260-pound person. Men, pick up your yoga mat and burn 752 calories in just an hour. Women, join me by participating in my favorite form of exercise and burn 645 calories for every 60 minutes.
Keep weight off by continuing to exercise on a regular basis, and be sure not to consume more calories than you burn. The Mayo Clinic offers a free calorie calculator, telling you exactly how much to consume each day to maintain your weight. When losing weight, that amount will be less.
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Rebecca completed courses in Medical Terminology, Administrative Medical Assisting, and Coding and Billing. She is recognized by the National Healthcareer Association as a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist (CBCS) and Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA). In addition, Rebecca is a former gymnast and is avid about yoga, swimming and other athletic activities.