The 10 best everyday exercises for burning calories

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There are a lot of great reasons to exercise . But one of the most basic goals is to burn calories.

The best way to do that is by picking something you like enough to do regularly over time. If you are deciding between a few different activities, you may want to pick the one that burns the most energy.

The Mayo Clinic , drawing on research published by the National Institutes of Health, ranks 36 popular forms of exercise based on their caloric impacts, which we've ranked in another article . Here, we've listed the top ten, with approximate calories burned per hour.

Each graphic lists calories burned per hour for a 200-pound person, while the header above lists calories burned for a 160-pound person. ( According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , American women weigh 168.5 pounds on average, compared with 195.7 pounds for the average American man.)

Exact figures will vary across body types, gender, age, and other factors. Additionally, exercise on its own doesn't do much to make you lose weight . If you want to slim down, we suggest talking to a doctor about what a healthy weight is for you and cutting down on sugar and large portions .

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