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Riding a bike is one way to get moving and burn calories.


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There are countless ways to get moving and exercise (yes, even while many gyms remain closed). If the idea of burning a ton of calories during a workout motivates you, then I hate to break it to you, but you may be way overestimating your calorie burn. Especially if you judge the number of calories you burned on factors like how much you sweat or how hard it felt

While sweat and effort are two ways to tell if you’re challenging yourself, the only true way to gauge calorie burn is with an accurate heart rate monitor that takes into account your personal factors, like age, sex, weight and height.

Whether you use a fancy heart rate monitor or other fitness tracker to tell you your calorie burn, it’s still good to have an idea of how many calories the most common exercises burn when heading into your workouts. Keep reading to find out how many calories common exercises burn and how to figure out your own personal calorie burn during workouts. 

What factors affect calorie burn during exercise?

Professional fitness trainer Brooke Taylor explains that the main factors that differentiate how many calories you burn in exercise include:

Heart rate training zone: You’ll want to figure out your target heart rate and your maximum heart rate zones to better understand what to aim for when you exercise.  

Resting heart rate: A normal resting heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. 

Weight: In general, the more you weigh, the more calories you will burn during exercise.

Types of exercise: Cardio-based workouts burn more calories than other types of workouts like lifting weights or yoga.

How many calories common exercises burn, ranked from highest to lowest

Even though everyone is different, there are general estimates for how many calories you can burn when you exercise. The estimates below are calculated based on someone who weighs 130 pounds, based on the American Council on Exercise (ACE) calculator. You can use that calculator to get a close estimate of how many calories you would burn during many common activities.

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Running for 30 minutes burns about 206 calories.


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Running/jogging

206 calories per 30 minutes 

Running at even a slow pace burns a decent amount of calories for 30 minutes. To up the calorie burn, increase the intensity or add in sprint…

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