What are some exercises for burning calories?


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Cardiovascular exercises that raise your heart rate, including running, inline skating and jumping rope, burn calories. Hula hooping, playing tennis and vigorous walking also burn a lot of calories. At the gym, some of the best machines for a cardiovascular workout that burns calories are the treadmill, elliptical machine, rowing machine and stair stepper.

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Inline skating burns up to 425 calories per half hour, while running burns approximately 374 calories in the same amount of time. Alternating fast and slow intervals of skating or running can boost calorie burn. Jumping rope and hula hooping respectively burn about 340 and 300 calories per half hour.

A person's weight and the intensity level of the exercise can affect how many calories are burned per session. Someone who weighs 160 pounds burns about 292 calories during one hour of bicycling at a rate of about 10 miles per hour, while someone who weighs 240 pounds burns about 436 calories doing the exact same thing.

Interval training, which involves switching between short periods of higher-intensity exercise and longer periods of low-intensity exercise, burns more calories than exercising steadily with no changes in intensity for the same amount of time. Integrating high-intensity bursts into a workout also raises a person's metabolism for up to 14 hours after the workout.

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