Increase Calories Burned During Exercise With A Faster Metabolism

Ever blown a diet then combed lists of exercise types giving the calories burned during exercise? Well-join the club!

Calorie Burning Exercises

There are many exercises which burn calories quickly. The table below gives examples of the calories burned during exercise based on a person who weighs 150 pounds. Just remember, you will burn more if you weigh more, and burn fewer calories if you weigh less.

  • Climbing stairs 175 calories/10 mins
  • Running 131 calories/10 mins
  • Rope Skipping 121 calories/10 mins
  • Aerobics 115 calories/10 mins
  • Dance Exercise 109 calories/10 mins
  • Soccer 92 calories/10 mins
  • Basketball 90 calories/10 mins
  • Racquetball 90 calories/10 mins
  • Gardening 49 calories/10 mins
  • Shopping 42 calories/10 mins
  • Volleyball 34 calories/10 mins

Are the Calories Burned During Exercise Worth Worrying About?

Now you go on to search for the most efficient exercise to burn the calories in the forbidden chocolate cake you just ate, right?

Is obsessing about the caloric value of every food that passes your lips and feverishly calculating the calories burned during exercise really necessary for efficient weight loss?

The guy in this photo burns calories very efficiently!

What is a Calorie?

So what exactly is a calorie and why should you be concerned about the calories burned in exercise?

A calorie is a unit of energy or heat. It is the amount of energy it takes to heat a gram of water by 1 degree Celsius.

Those lists of exercises and the even longer food lists, giving caloric values, which many of us have poured over at some time or another, give measures in kilo-calories or 1,000 calories. We commonly refer to a kilo-calorie as a calorie though.

How does it relate to the piece of chocolate cake and calories burned during exercise?

How Does Our Intake Of Calories Determine Whether We Are In Good Shape?

When we eat a food, that food has a certain calorie value. To maintain our weight we need to take in the same number of calories as we expand in energy. Or so the theory goes. To shed weight we need to take in fewer calories than we take in. We can achieve this by eating less, or burning more calories from food by exercising. By combining both we have an even more effective strategy to manage our weight.

Metabolism and Metabolic Rate

The straight number of calories consumed versus the number burned is only part of the story though. We also need to take into account metabolism and metabolic rate.

Metabolism is the amount of energy (calories) your body burns to maintain itself. Whatever you are doing – reading or throwing a Frisbee – your body is burning calories to keep you going.

We Want To Be Fast Burners Of Energy To Burn Off The Calories We Eat

Metabolism is the sum total of the energy the body uses for all the building and breaking down processes in the body. From digestion, to excretion, to pumping of the heart and circulation of the blood around the body, to brain function, in other words – all the work the body does to keep itself going.

How efficiently we use nutrients for work and repair of the body and excrete waste largely determines how efficiently our metabolism works. We call an efficient metabolism a fast metabolism, and many of us envy those people who have one.

Speeding Up Your Metabolism Through Regular Exercise

There are ways anyone can speed up their metabolism though. One of the beauties of exercise, more than the straight number of calories exercise burns, is the way it raises our metabolism.

You Can Burn A Lot Of Calories Even As You Rest If You Exercise Enough

Someone who is fit burns calories not only while exercising. They burn calories long after they’ve had their shower and put their feet up for the day.

Although experts disagree how long this is, twelve hours is a common value given, for the amount of time after exercise they burn calories at rest – than we would have if we hadn’t exercised at all!

So the truth is – you needn’t pour over lists of exercises and the number of calories burned during those exercises.

Instead pick something you love doing, perform that exercise in a sustained manner enough to raise your heart rate for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week and make a habit of it.

If you do this, in no time you will be able to have the odd piece of cake, without feeling guilty, and without having to worry about the number of calories it contains.

Yep – You can have your cake and eat it too!

Albena Anis
 

Albena Maxwell manages our Sports & Fitness, Outdoors and Automotive categories. When he's not writing and researching products, he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and traveling.

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