Though it is a good form of aerobic exercise and stress relief, running does have its downfalls. Its high level of impact is not good for your joints, plus the monotonous nature of it isn’t for everyone. If you are looking to exercise and shed fat, but would rather jump off of a cliff than go for a run, we have good news: running is not at the top of the calorie-burning scale.
According to Men’s Health, running at a 10-minute per mile pace will burn off roughly 10 calories per minute, or 600 per hour. This number isn’t bad, but these five exercises will get you more bang for you buck.

Jumping Rope

You may have done it on the playground as a kid, but a good jump rope session can get your heart rate going, in addition to working on your balance, coordination, core, calf, and shoulder muscles. It would be very hard to jump rope for an hour straight, but at a moderate pace you can burn up to 13 calories per minute.

Uphill Walking

Looking to get outside and burn some calories without running? Fill up a backpack with about 10-20 pounds of stuff, head to the nearest hill, and start climbing. What doesn’t feel like that intense of a workout can actually burn 5-10% more calories than running.


In addition to being an awesome full-body workout, swimming is impact free, so it is great for the health of your bones and joints. You won’t burn many calories doing cannonballs and playing Marco Polo, but swimming laps can burn upwards of 800 calories an hour.


Just because you’re sitting down doesn’t mean rowing isn’t a great workout. You have to use your upper and lower body when you row, which translates into some serious calories burned – almost 700 an hour!

Fast-Paced Weight Training

Harold Gibbons, the New York State Director of the National Strength and Conditioning Association says that you burn more calories by doing a high-intensity workout with weights than you do by running. Recent studies have shown that a fast-paced weight circuit can burn the same amount of calories as running at a 6-minute per mile pace!
Looking to take your weightroom workout to the next level? Come to Trumbull Elite Sports Training! Located inside of Insports Centers, T.E.S.T. is a sports training facility headed by some of Connecticut’s leading strength and conditioning specialists. We offer individual, small group, and team training sessions, call (203) 685-0804 to learn more!