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How Many Calories Does a 30 Minute Workout Burn?

By: Forest Vance

Time for a quick workout to burn off last night's cheat meal! But wait - how many calories does a 'quick' 30 minute workout actually burn?

The answer is that it depends on what type of activity you're doing during that workout. Here's an example of the average calorie burn of a few common activities one might choose for exercise - this is based on a individual that weighs 155 pounds:

Aerobics, general: 211 Bicycling, stationary, moderate effort: 247 Calisthenics (pushups, sit-ups), vigorous effort: 282 Running, 6 mph (10 min mile): 352 Weight lifting or body building, vigorous effort: 211

Not bad - but also a lot less calories that you might think. Okay - so now let's compare that to the calorie count of some common foods:

Chocolate glazed iced doughnut: 250 Pepperoni Pizza, 1 slice: 290 Big Mac (McDonald's): 540
I think just from the three food examples above, it's pretty easy to see that you can easily consume a lot of calories in one sitting - I wouldn't be surprised if many of you were taking in two to three thousand in a typical meal out! The point of all of this is that it's a lot easier to consume calories than it is to burn them off.

Stay strong, focus on something else, go for a walk, listen to music - get your mind off that craving so you can stay on track towards your goals. Especially if your goal is body fat loss, diet is at least 70% of the equation. So are you burning off the food that you ate last night with that extra half an hour on the treadmill? Probably not!

Want to learn about a few more sneaky ways to burn more calories during the day? How about a free report with some great healthy meal and snack ideas?

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