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The moment you head out for a run, launch into your strength training or step foot on the basketball court, your heart rate increases, you start burning calories for fuel, and there’s an instant mood boost, suggestsFitness Magazine.1

We’ve gathered additional fast-burning calorie activities that can help you stay in tip-top shape:

  • 30 minutes of mountain biking is a great way to take in a stellar view while working on your muscles and core. And the best part? You can burn up to 1,000 calories without having to suffer on a stationary bike.2
  • Take a dip! You get a whole-body workout while you’re swimming.You’re moving your arms, kicking your legs and working your core to stay afloat. This ranks as one of the top calorie-burning cardio workouts you can do in under 30 minutes.3
  • Racquetball is an excellent way to burn calories in a short amount of time. The side-to-side sprinting and arm swings are a great source of 20-minute exercise routines.4
  • Jumping rope is more impactful than jogging. You can also improve on your coordination and balance for just 20 minutes a session. If you’re feeling daring and want to master the craft, focus on extra hand and foot drills.5
  • Yoga is the perfect way to build mind-body connectivity, and also strengthen your upper and lower cores. The variations of sequences will help sculpt your body while making you more flexible for half an hour a session.6

No matter your preferred method of sweating, combining cardio with resistance training will help you feel happier, have more energy and, of course, live longer.

You should consult your physician or other health care professional before starting any fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time during exercise, you should stop immediately.

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1. http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/tips/power-surge-the-hidden-benefits-of-exercise/
2. http://www.mensfitness.com/weight-loss/burn-fat-fast/10-ways-burn-1000-calories-and-not-even-realize-it/slide/2
3. http://www.livestrong.com/article/18777-cardio-workout-burns-calories/
4. http://www.shapefit.com/cardio/cardio-exercises.html
5. http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/10-exercises-that-burn-more-calories-than-running/slide/6
6. http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/yoga/poses/blast-500-calories-doing-yoga/