These 36 Sports Burn the Most Calories Per Hour

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If you’re one of those people who seeks to be as efficient as possible with exercise – more calorie expenditure in less time – it might please you to know that some athletic options are better than others.

It all depends, of course, on the intensity of the exercise and the weight of the athlete (the heavier the athlete, the more calories lost, of course). But to aid in your choice of sport, American organization Mayo Clinic has examined research from the American Health Institute to select the Champion Burner modalities.

Contrary to what you might think, an hour of water aerobics comes out in front of exercises like canoeing. Golf burns more than volleyball, as long as you carry your own golf clubs up and down. And Tai Chi and ballroom dancing are equivalent (both in calories and in the hassles of beginners).

Let’s go to the complete list for three different weights. Check which is closest to your weight:

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  1. By Katelynn on Mon Aug 28 2017

    Cheer and dance are great ways

    • By Femi Agbaje-Williams on Wed Aug 30 2017

      Yes – and fun ways!

  2. By Madi Nechay on Mon Aug 28 2017

    Umm where’s lacrosse. That’s the fastest sport and the one with the most running. Burns LOTS of caladies. I would know because I’ve played since Kindergarten.

    • By Femi Agbaje-Williams on Wed Aug 30 2017

      That’s a great addition!

  3. By Ashley on Mon Aug 28 2017

    Don’t forget boxing/kickboxing!

    • By Femi Agbaje-Williams on Wed Aug 30 2017

      Such a good option!

  4. By Sony on Mon Sep 04 2017

    Y que me dicen de subir y bajar escaleras de dos en dos?

    • By Femi Agbaje-Williams on Wed Sep 13 2017

      Sorry Sony,

      We’re only able to process comments written in English at the moment – how can we help?