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Work Smarter, Not Harder: Which Exercise Burns the Most Calories?
by Staff
Exercising is already hard work. Would it be nice to know which activities help you burn the most calories before your workout?

Which "R" exercise gives you the most burn for your buck?

  • rowing (stationary)
  • rollerblading
  • racquetball

Of these three quite different activities, which one torches the most calories?

  • cycling (<10 mph)
  • Ballroom dancing
  • tabata

If you're looking to burn the most calories while enjoying the great outdoors, you should choose:

  • biking
  • running
  • hiking

What activity from your childhood is a great calorie blaster today?

  • jumping rope
  • hula hooping
  • ice skating

What sport helps shed calories more quickly?

  • cross-country skiing
  • golfing
  • touch football

Choose which "extreme" outdoor activity burns more calories.

  • paddleboarding
  • rock climbing
  • kayaking

One of these common group fitness classes burns more calories than the other two during a 60-minute session.

  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Zumba

Out of these three activities, which one do you think burns calories more efficiently?

  • swimming
  • softball
  • volleyball

What type of yoga burns the most calories?

  • Hatha
  • Ashtanga
  • Vinyasa

A 45- to 60-minute session of one of these will burn an average of 650 calories.

  • StairMaster
  • high-impact aerobics
  • cardio kickboxing

These three activities can be relaxing, yet still burn calories. Which one burns the most?

  • golf
  • walking (2 mph)
  • tai chi

Which ball-based sport helps burn the most calories?

  • racquetball
  • basketball
  • baseball

Which of the following tips helps add a boost to any calorie-burning exercise?

  • eating bananas
  • drinking more water
  • performing intervals

Which of these three kinds of skiing give you the most efficient calorie-burning workout?

  • cross-country skiing
  • waterskiing
  • downhill skiing

Do you like to bike? Which one of these workouts do you think pedals away the most calories?

  • cycling (<10 mph)
  • spinning
  • mountain biking

All three of these activities are high cardio. But which one expends the most calories?

  • taekwondo
  • aerobics
  • tennis

Are you a fan of the great outdoors? Choose the best calorie burn.

  • hiking
  • canoeing
  • backpacking

Let's get in the water. What's the more efficient 60-minute workout?

  • water aerobics
  • waterskiing
  • swimming laps

Of the fitness crazes over the last decade, which burns more calories?

  • kettlebells
  • Pilates
  • Zumba

Which one of these gym-based activities burns off more calories than the other two?

  • resistance training
  • stair machine
  • rowing machine