Burn the Max Amount of Calories in the Least Amount of Time (20 Minutes!)

workout gearSo the truth is, I actually like to exercise. Somewhat. I mean, I'm not into working out as a form of self-punishment or anything, but I feel better, physically and mentally, when I get some form of regular exercise. Which is why I like it. But, I have next to no time for exercise, or at least that's what I thought. Because the opportunities I get to actually go to a class or spend a good solid hour at the gym are few and far between. So what's the point?

Well, as it turns out, there totally is a point to squeezing in short workouts whenever possible! According to research, just 20 minutes of exercise a day goes a long way, not only in terms of healthy weight maintenance but also in fighting off such major chronic diseases as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

Okay, I'm pretty much sold. Especially on these workouts, which pack lots of calorie-burning action into not a lot of time:

20 minutes of: Biking (15 mph)

Burns: 180 cal

20 minutes of: Jumping rope

Burns: 220 cal

20 minutes of: Hiking

Burns: 129 cal

20 minutes of: Swimming

Burns: 198 cal

20 minutes of: Vinyasa Yoga

Burns: 90 cal

20 minutes of: Tennis

Burns: 121 cal

Not bad, right? What else are you really gonna accomplish in 20 minutes?!

What's your favorite 20-minute workout?

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bobek bobek

How many calories do you burn chasing after a two year old all day?

Erinly Erinly

20 minutes of jumping rope? I'd be lucky to last 20 seconds of jumping rope!

nonmember avatar Guest

Sex. How many calories does 20 minutes of active sex burn. (don't forget to warm up and cool down ladies!) ;)

dirti... dirtiekittie

when i have a spare 20 - 30 minutes, i turn on my xbox and kinect and bust out 3 or 4 songs on dance central. i get my heart rate up but it's fun and the quick break between selecting songs lets me catch my breath. now i'm just working on going back to doing it 45 mins to an hour a day and i'm set! :)

Jonathan D. Gippe

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