For those with weight loss goals a commonly asked question is what exercise burns the most calories. There are several exercises that help to effectively burn fat and shred pounds, though some exercises with specific fitness equipment can have an even larger impact for optimal results. We’ve researched the effects that various exercises and workouts have on the body to provide the best ones for achieving weight loss.

Weight-Loss Exercise

These exercises will help you achieve successful weight loss results without the need of any special fitness equipment. You don’t need to have a fully furnished home gym to achieve the results you want.

Running – This is one of the most common and easiest forms of weight loss exercise. Running at an average speed of 8 mph could burn as much as 800-1,200 calories in a 60-minute run depending on the size of the person.

Swimming – Taking a few laps around the pool can help you burn calories while putting low impact on your joints. Swimming for 60 minutes can burn as much as 800-1,100 calories based on size and gender.

Jumping Rope– This is a great and fun way to lose weight. All you need is a jump rope which can be picked up for very cheap. Jumping rope for an hour duration could burn anywhere from 800-1200 calories and is also a great cardio workout.

Roller Blading – If you own a pair of in-line skates this can be another fun and effective workout for weight loss. In-line skating for a duration of 30 minutes can burn up to an average of 425 calories. Just be sure to wear protective gear with your roller blades for safety.

Dancing – While casual dancing around the house to your stereo can be an easy way to get in some light exercise, a more serious workout such as Zumba can be more effective than traditional aerobics burning anywhere from 400 – 700 calories in a one-hour duration.

Weight Loss with Fitness Equipment

We’ve also researched different types of fitness equipment to find which exercise burns the most calories with the use of certain equipment that you can find in a gym or create your own home gym with. (See also essential equipment for building a home gym)

Stationary Bike – Spinning on a stationary bike offers one of the most calorie burning fitness exercises. Consistent spinning on a bike  for 60 minutes can burn as much as 1,300 calories depending on the weight and gender of the person cycling.

Elliptical Trainer – Elliptical trainers offer similar benefits to running while putting less strain on the joints. A 60 minute workout on an elliptical with arm resistance can burn as much as 800 – 1,000 calories.

Treadmill – A treadmill gives you the same benefits of walking and running without having to go outdoors such as in inclement weather. Running on a treadmill at a rate of 5 mph can burn as much as 600- 1,000 calories in an hour, whereas walking burns around 300-400 calories.

Stair Climber – If you’re not into hiking, a stair climber can do the trick for effective weight loss training in addition to toning and strength building. Working out on a stair climber for the duration of 60 minutes can burn up to 600-900 calories.

Rowing Machine  – These fitness machines give you the benefits of rowing a boat but without having to physically be in one. Light to moderate rowing on a machine for the duration of an hour can burn up to 500 calories, while more vigorous rowing burns up to 800 calories.

The precise amount of calories burned will vary based on factors such as weight, gender, and the amount of intensity for each of these exercises performed. A variety of any of these exercises can provide a significant workout to help you achieve your weight loss goals with many added benefits. Adding dumbbell exercises to your regular workout such as walking and running or even water dumbbells with your swimming workout can offer even more benefits to help tone and strengthen while burning calories.

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