Running routine got you down or just not a fan of jogging? Not to worry: You have a ton of fitness alternatives—and they even burn more calories.
What burns more calories than running? It’s an ongoing argument between runners and cyclists—and with these two activities it all comes down to intensity. For a high-intensity cycling workout, CycleBar’s Lisa Niren recommends an indoor cycling class. “The group environment fosters a sense of camaraderie that results in riders holding each other accountable and allows them to push themselves beyond their limits and really work to their max potential,” says Niren.
“The high-intensity intervals are designed to spike your heart rate, rev up your metabolism and burn fat.” Crucially, the intervals continue to burn calories and keep the metabolic rate high for up to 48 hours after the class. “This after-burn affect, more commonly known as excess post oxygen consumption (EPOC), changes the game, providing you with an extremely efficient and effective workout,” says Niren. “As these intervals build lean muscle, your body continues to burn fat all day long, even at rest.” For a 120-pound person in a 60-minute indoor cycling class, calories burned biking will be approximately 700 to 850 calories depending on the intensity of the class and the amount of effort exerted. To maximize caloric burn and after burn affects, it’s important to keep the intensity up, perform as many intervals as possible, and keep your form controlled.