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Burn the Most Calories in the Least Amount of Time

March 29, 2010 by  
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I was finally able to pull Susan’s copy of Runner’s World away from her last night and I came across a very useful chart for determining how many calories you burn in various types of cardio workouts. Most treadmills and other exercise equipment calculate the number of calories burned in a mile by multiplying your weight in pounds by .72. Nothing wrong with that, but the chart below also shows how efficiently each type of activity burns calories by presenting the calorie burn per minute. I always tell my personal training clients, if you’re going to take the time to hit the gym, don’t you want to maximize the results of your visit? You’ll see on the chart that you’d burn more calories per minute running 10 mph than you would doing any of the other listed activities. I know, most of us can’t run 10 mph very long, if at all, but you get the point: the faster you run, the more calories you’ll burn. And running is by far the most efficient calorie burning workout. Why? Well, it requires more effort and energy than the others. Sounds logical, but you wouldn’t believe the number of people who tell me they can burn just as many calories walking as by running. You can, but you’re going to have to do it a lot longer. Thanks to Amby Burfoot of Runner’s World (gotta wonder if that’s a pen name) for the chart.

–Laura DeLallo, Founder, Living Fit
(Laura is a certified personal trainer and weight management consultant. Want to train with her? Visit Personal Training at Living Fit. Want to learn more about her? Visit the About page.)

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