I love to exercise.
Correction: I like to exercise.
Correct, correction: I like to exercise when the workout routine requires anything but running.
I know, I know. I've heard it all before, "If you run often enough, you'll eventually love it."
Nevertheless, I loathe the exercise that requires I put one foot in front of the other for long periods of time. And no matter how often I do it, I find that no amount of suffering through it makes me enjoy the experience any more.
I get it, some people naturally love running. However, I and many others are just not built for it and all its wonders. Even though we are happy to be left out of the strenuous activities running entails, this hatred does, admittedly, leave us out of the calorie-burning benefits running has to offer. So, what do we do?
Don't sweat it. For those of us that hate running, or like running but want a change, here are some calorie-burning alternatives that don't require you give into the peer pressure of being about that running life. Besides, these exercises burn more calories than running anyway. Check them out:
Average Calorie Burn: 14.3 Calories per minute
Due to its label of an intense full body exercise, Burpees make the perfect calorie-burning machine. The intensity and the number of muscles needed to perform this exercise results in a large calorie expenditure. Meaning: your body will still be burning calories long after this exercise is complete.
With Burpees, an average person can burn the usual of 10 calories per minute. However, high-intensity workout intervals with burpees can burn up to 14 calories per minute. Many fitness buffs are choosing burpees over running because, "if [they] complete burpees at a sprint interval pace, [they] will burn more calories post-exercise than steady state cardio long-distance running."
Bonus: Just like the Kettlebell Swings, Burpees allow you to get cardio and strength training, simultaneously. Burpees train your whole body, focusing on large major muscle groups like the chest, back, thigh muscles, and the smaller accessory muscles in the torso, shoulders, and arms.
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Originally published January 25, 2019