If your goal is to lose weight, there’s really only one thing you can do: burn more calories every day. The more calories you burn, the more energy you use up–forcing your body to turn fat into energy. Burning over 500 calories in a single workout is vital if you are trying to lose weight. Here are some awesome ways to burn 1000 calories and really kick that weight loss into high gear:
This means hiking with a backpack filled with supplies (water, food, camping gear, etc.), and you’ll need to take it over some pretty rough terrain. The workout you get while hiking is AMAZING for your lower body, working every muscle in a way you never could at the gym. After just 2 hours of this hardcore hiking, you will have burned over 1,000 calories.
Football is all about explosive movements: the quick start when the ball is snap, the clash of linebackers, the snappy dodging and sprinting down the field. You burn a lot of calories in a very short amount of time, and you build a lot of muscle as well. Play a full intensity game of football (tackle or flag will do) will help you burn 1,000 calories in just under an hour and a half.
If you’ve ever tried rock climbing, you know how exhausting it can be. Every muscle in your body is tense as you cling to the rock face, and your hands cling to the rock like your life depends on it. Nearly every muscle in your body is brought to bear when you rock climb, and you can build some serious grip strength. For those who want impressive upper and lower body strength, rock climbing is definitely the way to go. With just one hour, you’ll easily burn 1,000 calories.
Yet another hardcore form of exercise, one that pushes your lower body, glutes, core, and lower back muscles to the extreme. It’s so much more enjoyable than riding the stationary bike at the gym, and it’s going to give you an amazing workout if done correctly. With 80 minutes of mountain biking (hitting those uphills as hard as you hit the downhills), you’ll easily burn 1,000 calories.
Soccer is almost exactly the same as sprint training, but a whole lot more fun! The explosive movements required to handle the ball are amazing at burning calories, and you give your heart and lungs the workout they need. The beauty of soccer is that it’s a very enjoyable way to burn calories, as the sport element takes all of your focus. Playing soccer for just 80 minutes is enough to burn your 1,000 calories.
It may look like a peaceful sport, but it’s actually quite a brilliant workout for both your upper body and your core. Your abs, sides, and backs hold you upright and turn as you row, and your arms, shoulders, check, and upper back have the hard job of padding the boat. You can burn 1,000 calories in just over 2 hours, and it’s a great way to get in amazing shape!
For a serious cardio workout, it doesn’t get much better than basketball. The high intensity, fast-paced game is brilliant for burning calories, and you can burn your 1,000 in just 90 minutes of game play. Between running and jumping for the ball, dashing after an opponent, and breaking down the court for a full court sprint, it’s a game that burns calories like nothing else can!