10 Exercises that Burn More Calories than Running

In general, you burn more calories by doing high-intensity weight training than you do running. Most people don’t realize this, though. That’s often because the number of calories you’re told you just burned is typically estimated from The Compendium of Physical Activities, which calculates energy expended through aerobic metabolism. That works well for low- to medium-intensity exercise, but not so well for higher-intensity activities that rely on anaerobic metabolism.


In fact, when researchers at the University of Southern Maine used a more advanced method to estimate energy expenditure during exercise, they found that weight training burns up to 71% more calories than originally thought. Which suggests that a fast-paced circuit workout burns as many calories as running at a 6-minute per mile pace.


But resistance training isn’t your only option. There are also cardio exercises that can boost your burn, too. Here are 10 exercises that will help you incinerate calories—without ever having to hit pavement.

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