Burn Calories, Get Fit and Have Fun With These 8 Sports

Burn calories, get fit and have fun with these 8 sports
Burn Calories, Get Fit and Have Fun With These 8 Sports

Last update: 12 July, 2018

We know that one of the main exercise motivations is to burn calories. To get the most out of your exercise, it is important to know what sport and exercise will burn calories the fastest. When you burn many calories in one session, you will see results quickly and lose weight easily.

Lots of people exercise to burn calories and lose weight. Burning calories helps you to lose fat and weight, and exercising is great for building muscle — so these benefits will help you to look and feel your best. Knowing which sport burns the most calories can be helpful in achieving your fitness goals.

Burn calories with these 8 sports


run streets cardio

Of course, running takes the first spot in this list, because running is one of the most effective ways to burn calories. If you run at a rate of 9 km an hour, you can burn one thousand calories in sixty minutes. The challenge is to build up until you can run for one hour at a time, which is a tough but an achievable goal.

A major disadvantage of running is that the joints of your body are impacted, so not everyone is suited to running long distances. But if you can, take off for that finish line!


benefits cycling

Unlike running, cycling does not impact your joints, so you are less likely to injure your joints. In addition, cycling is one of the sports that burns the most calories, because at a pace of about 25 km an hour, you can burn one thousand calories in sixty minutes. For lots of people, cycling is easier and more appealing than running, but this will depend on your tastes and endurance.


Although it is not a common sport, squash is third on our list because you can burn many calories in a single session. It is an ideal sport to improve cardiovascular performance and endurance.

Squash improves balance, agility and concentration, and also burns about nine-hundred calories in one hour. Since it is a social sport, played in pairs, the hour will fly by. By the time you finish, you will have burned most of the calories you consumed that day.


Boxing used to be a male-dominated club — but luckily, boxing is now a sport enjoyed by both men and woman. A benefit to boxing is that in one hour, you can burn seven-hundred calories.

In the ring, you will release tension, reduce stress, and burn many calories in one session. You will improve your physique and emotional health, so boxing is a great way to knock out your fitness and emotional goals at once.


It is always great to get outside and exercise during the summer. Rowing is not often considered when people think about trying new exercises, but you should consider trying it out! This sport allows you to burn one-thousand calories in an hour.

In addition, you will be able to enjoy nature while practicing an efficient sport. What more could you want?


Skiing is another outdoor sport that allows you to burn about one-thousand calories per hour. If you have not tried to ski yet, it can look like you are gliding through the snow, without expending much effort. Skiing is a lot tougher than it looks, and takes a lot of balance and concentration. You will also get a thigh burn from the constant squat position that you have to maintain. Hit the slopes to burn off calories quickly while zooming around beautiful mountains.


swimming burn calories

We have already talked about the many benefits that swimming has on your body. Swimming is great for full body conditioning, and if you train to swim the crawl or butterfly strokes, you can burn more than eleven-hundred calories per hour. Amazing!

Another huge benefit of swimming is that it is easy on your joints — swimming strengthens joints and muscles, and improves the function of your back, shoulders and arms at the same time.

Jumping rope

jump rope burn calories

Most people remember jumping rope as children. It turns out that jumping rope can burn an average of nine-hundred calories per hour, which is great for building muscle and losing weight. We know that you are busy and might not be able to jump rope for one full hour. However, you can probably squeeze in blocks of five or ten minutes while you are watching TV.

If you regularly practice any of these 8 sports, you can burn many calories, and get fitter and stronger. Since everyone is different, some of these sports might work better for your body than other sports.

Listen to your body and do not push yourself to do anything painful. Do you know which sport you are going to try first?


This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.