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10 Exercises That Burn More Calories Than Running

Raise your hand if you like any exercise that doesn't require running.

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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:

Crossfit Workout of the Day (WOD)

Average Calorie Burn: 13 calories per minute

Crossfit Workout of the Day pairs three exercises — 5 pull-ups, 10 push ups, and 15 air squats — that work different major muscle groups. The idea of the workout is to do as many rounds of the three exercises in 20 minutes.

This exercise burns more calories than running because of the use of various positions and muscles groups required for work out. As mentioned by Kennesaw State University scientist, "Any routine that takes you from standing, down to the ground, and back up to standing again is an amazing calorie burner, because it really spikes the heart rate."

The bottom line is like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts before it, Crossfit is effective in helping individuals improve their aerobic fitness while also burning a great number of calories in the process, all within a relatively short amount of time.

Bonus: Crossfit Workout of the Day builds muscle to boost metabolism, provides quick and efficient workouts, and improve coordination, agility, balance, strength, and stamina.

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Originally published January 25, 2019

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