These 6 Activities Are Known for Really Burning Calories

It’s not uncommon for your resolve to weaken from time to time. But if you’re coming off a week-long food binge, you’ll need to burn off some serious calories to stay ahead of the bulge. You may love yoga or weight lifting, but when it comes to burning off some major indulgence, you’ll need to add these calorie-busting exercises to your repertoire.

1. Running

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Running is a go-to for a reason. |

There is nothing like running to burn off calories. In one hour you can burn off anywhere from 900 to 1,500 calories depending on your pace and weight. The quicker the pace you set, the more calories per hour you can burn. On top of being a great calorie burner, running works every part of your body, from your calves and quads to your abs and pecs. For a customized look at how many calories you burned, check out the calorie calculator by Runner’s World.

2. Boxing

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Boxing can torch calories. |

Get in the ring, burn off some steam, and counteract that piece of cake you devoured at work. For a 150-pound person, boxing will burn about 816 calories per hour. Boxing is a great cardio workout that may help to reduce blood pressure and lessens the chance of cardiovascular disease. As you may imagine, boxing also provides a great outlet for stress and releases those feel-good endorphins.

3. Soccer


Soccer is seriously demanding. | Rogerio Barbosa/AFP/Getty Images

With a giant playing field and plenty of natural interval running, soccer can burn more than 600 calories an hour. A competitive soccer game requires you to run continually and competitively as you race against the opponent for ball control. In addition, the switching of directions soccer requires, which includes running backwards and sideways, will keep your body limber and fit.

4. Jumping rope

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Jumping rope is more effective than you might think. |

Not only can jumping rope be fun, but it is also an efficient way to burn calories. In an hour, your body can burn 800 to 1,000 calories. The slim, packable rope can also be brought with you on business trips or vacation, and is a great option if you don’t feel like hitting the gym.

5. Climbing stairs

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Climbing stairs really challenges your body. |

You may not love this exercise, but there is no denying that it works! A 160-pound person can burn up to 1,160 calories an hour. The higher the intensity, the better the workout and the more calories burned. You can skip the boring StairMaster and run up and down the stairs in your apartment building or office. For the best workouts, run at your local stadium like the pros.

6. Racket sports

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Racket sports will have you huffing and puffing in no time. |

Grab a partner and hit your local gym for a fun game of squash or tennis. These make it fun to sweat and burn off some energy. Squash wins with players burning about 1,034 calories an hour while tennis players burned around 689. Racket sports like these require you to do short sprints constantly, plus you’ll get a great upper body and core workout from the bending, lunging, jumping, and twisting that you’ll have to do to keep up.