5 Ways to burn 500 calories

Start preparing now to avoid the dreaded holiday weight gain. If you haven’t been exercising, hop to it! If you are a regular at the gym, you can still kick up your calorie-burning by choosing different workouts.
Start preparing now to avoid the dreaded holiday weight gain. If you haven’t been exercising, hop to it! If you are a regular at the gym, you can still kick up your calorie-burning by choosing different workouts.

Variety is key

Are you one of the gym fanatics that can always be found slogging away on the elliptical reading a magazine? Though getting to the gym and breaking a sweat on a regular basis is a great way to get in shape, you’re going to hit a plateau if you do the same workout every single time you exercise. To boot, you will burn fewer calories the more bored you get with your workouts. Mix it up. Take classes, do outdoor workouts, pick up the weights, and/or enlist a workout buddy. Just do something outside the norm and you’ll find that your mind enjoys the change and your fitness level will improve.

Burn more calories

Cardio is certainly the go-to activity to burn calories but adding intensity and resistance training to your cardio workout can boost the number of calories you torch. Do interval workouts, alternating between high intensity intervals and moderate intensity intervals. Another option is to alternative cardio and strength training exercises. Both will keep your heart rate up and rev your metabolism even after your hard work is over.

Calorie burning activities

Here are five calorie-shredding workouts that burn about 500 calories per sweat. Values are based on a 160-pound person.

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  • Running at 8 mph for 30 minutes = 493 calories
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  • Hiking with a backpack for 1 hour = 500 calories
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  • Stair treadmill for 1 hour = 657 calories
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  • Tae Kwon Do for 1 hour = 752 calories
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  • Rollerblading for 1 hour = 548 calories

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