32 fun ways to burn calories

Find out just how many calories you burn doing your favorite activities.

Exercise doesn’t have to feel like a chore — there are a variety of fun things to do that are also calorie scorchers. This chart offers a range of activity ideas, including the estimated number of calories burned while doing them for one hour. Specific calorie expenditures vary depending on the exercise, intensity level and individual. If you weigh less than 160 pounds, your calories burned would be somewhat less than shown, and if you weigh more than 240 pounds, calories burned would be somewhat more. Use these stats to motivate you to get moving!

Activity (1-hour duration) Weight of person and calories burned
160 pounds 200 pounds 240 pounds
Cardio, high impact 533 664 796
Cardio, low impact 365 455 545
Aerobics, water 402 501 600
Backpacking 511 637 763
Basketball game 584 728 872
Bicycling, < 10 mph, leisurely pace 292 364 436
Bowling 219 273 327
Canoeing 256 319 382
Dancing, ballroom 219 273 327
Football, touch or flag 584 728 872
Golfing, carrying clubs 314 391 469
Hiking 438 546 654
Ice skating 511 637 763
Jumping rope 861 1,074 1,286
Racquetball 511 637 763
Resistance (weight) training 365 455 545
Rollerblading 548 683 818
Rowing, stationary 438 546 654
Running, 5 mph 606 755 905
Running, 8 mph 861 1,074 1,286
Skiing, cross-country 496 619 741
Skiing, downhill 314 391 469
Skiing, water 438 546 654
Softball or baseball 365 455 545
Stair treadmill 657 819 981
Swimming, laps 423 528 632
Tae kwon do 752 937 1,123
Tai chi 219 273 327
Tennis, singles 584 728 872
Volleyball 292 364 436
Walking, 2 mph 204 255 305
Walking, 3.5 mph 314 391 469

Adapted from: Ainsworth BE, et al. 2011 compendium of physical activities: A second update of codes and MET values. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2011;43:1575.

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