We all know that working out takes work. But how much work is the question. For too many of us, our New Years resolution to get in shape is already losing serious steam.  Weight loss feels like an uphill battle, especially if we’re not seeing the results we want and we’re stuck forcing ourselves to do exercises we hate. So as we turn the corner into spring, let’s make this personal.

Let’s get real about what’s holding you back. 10 ways to burn 200 calories in less than an hour

As a celebrity trainer, I’ve seen how hard it can be to stick to a get-in-shape program you actually like. That’s why I’m dedicated to finding activities that are not only fun but will also deliver the goods. Working out shouldn’t be a chore. You should love what you are doing and feel great after. These are activities you can enjoy with friends, family or on your own. And there’s no need to sign up for a gym membership, either. All you have to do is get active and live your life. Want to torch tons of calories fast? Of course you do. So get up and get moving.


1. Biking Jump on your bike and take a ride around the neighborhood. This is a great activity for everyone and the best part is that cycling for 30 minutes at 10-12 mph will burn 210 calories. Plus, this is a great activity for when you want to bring the family along for the workout.

2. Jump Rope Feel likskipping ropee a kid again and jump rope. Skipping is a great way to get your heart pumping and it’s a solid workout even if you don’t have a lot of time. You can burn those 200 calories in just 10-15 minutes.

3. Climbing Stairs Climb your way to killer legs! Climbing stairs doesn’t have to be done at the gym. You can do this activity at home, at the gym or at a park. Climbing stairs for 30 minutes will burn 200 calories.

4. Dancing Just dance, and not only because it’s fun. For those who love to dance around their room while no one is watching, keep it up. Dancing for 40 minutes will burn 216 calories. Burn 200 calories in less than an hour: Bowling

5. Bowling Make your workout a perfect game. When coming up with date night ideas, don’t forget about bowling. Hitting the lanes for an hour will burn 200 calories.

6. Basketball For love of the game, get bouncing. Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? Gather your friends or look for a pickup game, and hit the court. You only have to play for 20 minutes to burn 200 calories.

7. Jogging Lace up your shoes for a quick 25-minute jog. If you are a morning person, getting up and going for a jog is the ideal start to your day. If you like to hit the snooze button, that’s okay, too. Running after a long day is a fantastic way to wind down and release tension. Best part: A 25-minute jog will have you burning 218 calories.

8. Swimming Take a dive right into the water. Swimming is not only refreshing. It’s a favourite for many and a great low impact activity. Taking a 30-minute swim can burn 215 calories. Burn 200 calories in less than an hour: tennis

9. Tennis Game, set, match! You don’t need to have skills like a Williams sister or Andy Roddick to see results from this game. Hitting the courts for 25 minutes will burn 218 calories.

10. Basic Training Are you army strong? You can be. If you are looking for a killer workout, try a basic training workout. A 30-minute workout of pushups, sit-ups and timed sprints running will burn 200 calories. For more from Joey



About the author

Joey Thurman

Joey Thurman is a health, fitness, and nutrition expert and the creator of The Lifestyle Renovation, a website dedicated to helping people achieve their health and fitness goals. He has appeared on CBS, FOX, ABC, and WCIU sharing his insights as a celebrity fitness trainer and published author. He is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) with the American Council on Exercise, a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) and a FITchef. For more information, please visit www.thelifestylerenovation.com and follow Joey on Instagram and Twitter at @JoeyThurmanFit.

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