1 Jan

“That’s a claim you’re likely to see in advertisements for treadmills, stairclimbers, and cross-country ski machines. And it’s true.”

This all comes from the book Fitness For Dummies. Not only is this section of the book written in a funny way, it provides some very good advice and insight. So, let’s get back to our quote…..

Again… “And, it’s true. You can burn 1,000 calories per hour doing those activities – if you crank up the machines to the highest level and if you happen to have bionic legs. If you’re a beginner, you’ll last about 30 seconds at that pace, at which point you will have burned 8.3 calories, and the paramedics will be scooping you off the floor and hauling your wilted body away on a stretcher.

There’s a better approach to calorie burning: Choose an activity that you can sustain for a good while, say, at least 10 or 15 minutes. Sure, running burns more calories than walking, but if running wipes you out after a half mile or bothers your knees, you’re better off walking.”

Sounds like the authors of Fitness For Dummies aren’t so dumb!

They then explain that the number of calories that you actually burn depends on a lot of different things. So, searching for the activity with the highest calorie burn isn’t necessarily the most important concern! It’s better to have a balanced fitness plan (including cardio, strength, flexibility and balance work) that you can consistently follow over time. That way, over time, your abilities and overall fitness will get better and better.

Another great point – – – -> A beginner is capable of burning 4 or 5 calories per minute of exercise, while a very fit person can burn 10 to 12 calories per minute.

Thanks Fitness for Dummies!

Ok, ok… If you still really want to know which activities burn the most calories, here you go. J

But, please, don’t be a dummie!


  1. jsresults January 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    Exactly! You need to exercise without an ego! Do what you can do, you need to walk before you can run. If you start with the toughest challenge, the likelihood of you sticking with it lessens. Start small and grow and success will follow!

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