How Many Calories Does a 30 Minute Workout Burn?

Time for a quick workout to burn off last night's cheat meal! But wait - how many calories does a 'quick' 30 minute workout actually burn?

The answer is that it depends on what type of activity you're doing during that workout. Here's an example of the average calorie burn of a few common activities one might choose for exercise - this is based on a individual that weighs 155 pounds:

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Aerobics, general: 211
Bicycling, stationary, moderate effort: 247
Calisthenics (pushups, sit-ups), vigorous effort: 282
Running, 6 mph (10 min mile): 352
Weight lifting or body building, vigorous effort: 211

How Many Calories Does a 30 Minute Workout Burn?

Not bad - but also a lot less calories that you might think. Okay - so now let's compare that to the calorie count of some common foods:

Chocolate glazed iced doughnut: 250
Pepperoni Pizza, 1 slice: 290
Big Mac (McDonald's): 540

I think just from the three food examples above, it's pretty easy to see that you can easily consume a lot of calories in one sitting - I wouldn't be surprised if many of you were taking in two to three thousand in a typical meal out! The point of all of this is that it's a lot easier to consume calories than it is to burn them off. Stay strong, focus on something else, go for a walk, listen to music - get your mind off that craving so you can stay on track towards your goals. So are you burning off the food that you ate last night with that extra half an hour on the treadmill? Probably not!

How Many Calories Does a 30 Minute Workout Burn?

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