The number of calories you burn during exercise depends on a number of factors, including your weight and height.
When it comes to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, it can be helpful to exercise on a regular basis. But which kind of activity is the most efficient when it comes to burning calories? And what factors affect your body’s ability to use energy? Read on to find out which exercise burns the most calories per hour and where to begin if your fitness journey is brand-new…
Which exercises burn the most calories?
The exact number of calories that you burn during exercise will depend on factors like your weight and height and the duration and intensity of your activity. That said, the exercise that typically burns the most calories per hour is running. Another great calorie-burning option is high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which involves alternating short high-intensity exercise sessions with rest intervals.
If you would prefer a low-impact activity, you might consider swimming. This form of exercise has a range of benefits — it boosts blood flow and improves overall muscle strength. Although your pace and intensity will impact how much energy you use, half an hour of casual swimming generally burns a similar number of calories as half an hour of jogging.
Other good exercises include stationary cycling, walking and aerobic dance.
What affects the number of calories you burn?
The number of calories that you burn is affected by a number of factors. These include how long you exercise, the pace and intensity you exercise, and your height and weight. Generally, the greater your body weight, the more calories you will burn when exercising.
The type of activity that you choose will also affect the number of calories you burn while exercising. Cardio activity typically burns more calories than weight and strength training, but as your muscle mass increases, the more calories you are likely to burn while resting. For this reason, weight and strength training are also important forms of exercise. Ideally, you should incorporate both weight training and cardio into your fitness regime with the guidance of a professional trainer.
Where do you begin?
If you are new to exercise, it is always good to consult with your doctor before starting a workout regime. The type of exercise that suits you best will depend on your overall health, as well as your fitness level. If you have any underlying health conditions, your doctor will let you know if there are any precautions you should know about.
Once your doctor has given you the go-ahead and you’re ready to start exercising, you should start slow and gradually build up in duration and intensity as your fitness improves. This will reduce your risk of injury while you are still in the beginning stages. A professional exercise therapist can help considerably in planning an exercise regime for you and ensure that you reach your goals in a safe and healthy manner.
How can we help?
At Surgical Weight Loss Centre, we understand that bariatric surgery is just one part of your overall weight loss journey. For this reason, we have a multidisciplinary team available to help with all aspects of our patient’s care. As part of our support team, we have an exercise therapist available to help our patients realise their health and weight loss goals.
It is also important to note that nutrition is key following weight loss surgery, and along with an exercise regime, an eating plan also plays an important part in your journey. We have two dieticians on our team who work alongside our specialist surgeon and the specialist bariatric doctor to assist patients in reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.
If you are considering weight loss surgery and would like to find out what your options are, as well as what you can expect from the post-operative journey, we encourage you to come in for a consultation. We offer a number of procedures, including SADI-S; sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and gastric banding. If you would like to find out more about these treatments, please have a look here.
To arrange an appointment to see us, give us a call on (07) 5556 8888 or get in touch here. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy and stable weight and seeing you enjoy improved health and wellbeing.