Jogging is a proven method of getting cardio exercise, but for many people, it can be a real drag. According to WebMD, you need 250 minutes of exercise per week…so why spend them doing something you hate? There are many alternatives to running that allow you to build up your cardio minutes. Here are some suggestions that burn as many calories (or more!) as jogging.
Keep in mind that most people burn an average of 450-600 calories per hour by jogging.
1. Skipping (861 calories per hour)
The highest calorie activity on this list is the schoolyard classic: skipping. According to the Mayo Clinic, you can burn almost twice as many calories (compared to jogging) in the same amount of time.
2. Stair treadmill (657 calories per hour)
Stair treading was all the rage in gyms in the late 80s and early 90s, but there’s a good reason for that: this workout burns calories. As a bonus, your legs and butt will look great!
3. Swimming (600-700 calories per hour)
If you have access to a pool, take advantage of it! According to WebMD, swimming is a great workout for beginners because it puts much less strain on your joints than other activities like running.
4. Cycling (550-650 calories per hour)
The number of calories you burn while cycling depends mostly on the intensity of your effort, so don’t be afraid to sweat! However, according to the Mayo Clinic, even a leisurely bike ride burns about 300 calories in an hour, so start slow if you must.
5. Rowing (438 calories per hour)
The rowing machine is one of the least effective calorie-burning activities on this list, but it’s a great start for someone with leg, knee, or foot problems. Many gyms have a few rowing machines you can try.
6. Basketball (584 calories per hour)
Get some friends together for a game of basketball! Shooting hoops by yourself can be a good workout, but you’ll sweat more if you play with others.
7. Inline skating (850 calories per hour)
Roller skating is another of the highest-calorie activities on our list. Since inline skates have been out of fashion since the early 90s, they may not be as easy to find… but they are still available at sporting goods stores.
8. Boxing (800 calories per hour)
You don’t have to be a boxing expert to get the benefits of boxing. According to Livestrong, simply punching a bag can burn 350 to 550 calories in an hour. Sparing with another person will significantly increase your calorie intake.
9. Walking uphill with weights (415 calories per hour).
If you live near beautiful hills, you can always go for a walk! Adding 10 pounds to a backpack and walking up a hill uses almost as many calories as jogging on a flat road.
10. Martial arts (750 calories per hour)
Martial arts, like Tae Kwon Do, are great ways to burn calories, according to Mayo Clinic.