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Best Sports For Burning Calories

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For health’s sake, everyone is advised to engage in any form of sports activity. This has a lot to do with the increasingly sedentary lifestyle of developed or industrialized countries. In addition, populations are getting fatter, and less healthy. Compelling people, friends and family to play a sports for a regular exercise is one way to keep them healthy.

There are several sports which are easy to get into, and people can do them even with the minimal requisites. Running, for instance, is an activity which does not need any special equipment. Running at 8 miles per hour, a person can burn more than 860 calories for an hour of running. Of course, the amount of calories burned also depends on the weather, the type of track, a person’s weight, and other factors. If you feel that 8 miles per hour is too fast for you, you can still run at 5 miles per hour, and still burn 600 calories per hour.

If you do not have the time to run, you can try jumping rope. You can do this in short stretches which can easily add up to anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour a day. It can be an intense activity on its own. Unfortunately, it is a high-impact activity which people with knee issues should avoid.

If you cannot do jumping rope or running, you can try swimming.While immersed in the pool you can burn up to 400 calories an hour. Even if you do not know how to swim, you can still do your regular calisthenics and aerobic exercises in the pool and still have a great workout.

Cycling is a fun activity which can easily turn social. A leisurely pace can help burn up to 300 calories per hour, depending on the weather, the type of bike, the person’s weight and the road or track.

Another seemingly leisurely activity is hiking. This can burn around 400 calories per hour while you enjoy nature and the great outdoors.

Of course, others would rather play sports, if they can. These include non-competitive football, soccer, a pickup game of basketball, and baseball or softball. The important thing to remember is that moving around is a whole lot healthier than just sitting on the sidelines.