Jumping rope for 10 minutes can burn as many calories as jogging at an eight-minute-per-mile pace! No wonder many fitness experts – especially boxers – call the jump rope the best all-around piece of exercise equipment you can own.
In addition to melting away body fat at record rates, the jump rope helps you build those stubborn calves while also putting a hurting on several other muscle groups!
Not that we needed a reason to love sex, but it turns out that it’s a fantastic way to get in some cardio! A quick, yet vigorous, roll in the sheets burns about 200 calories (about the same as running 15 minutes on a treadmill). No matter how you do it or how long it takes, sex is probably the most fun way you can break a sweat.
Cycling is no doubt good for your body, says Anne Lusk, Ph.D., a research associate at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. She studied more than 18,000 women over a period of 16 years and found that those who biked as few as five minutes a day gained less weight than those who didn’t ride. That’s because even a casual ride delivers a one-two punch of cardio and muscle strengthening.
Whether you dust off your old road or mountain bike, try a spin class, or simply log some miles on an upright or recumbent stationary bike at the gym, biking places less stress on your joints than other cardio equipment does, and still burns a substantial number of calories.