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Top 5 Activities to Increase Energy Expenditure (Part 2/2)

For those inclined to pursue more interactive disciplines, here are five activities that could help you get back the heart you once had (and let’s hope that you’ll also get young at heart once again!):

Badminton (350-550 cal/h)
A very fast sport focused on cardio, badminton is relatively accessible to beginners, thanks to the technical ease of the basic movement. Also, this sport allows you to improve your cardiovascular condition quickly, therefore increasing your capacity to put in more intensity. And when we say more intensity, we say more calories burned…

Golf (350 cal/h)
Although this sport is not the most intense, it has the advantage of lasting a long time. If your round lasts 4 hours, you will have burned over 1400 calories, equivalent to more than two consecutive hours of badminton (which would be a lot for a beginner). In short, this way of spending energy is less taxing on the body.

Judo (750 cal/h)
Judo is a hard sport, indeed. This being said, not only could this sport get you back in shape, but you will also learn a few self-defence techniques at the same time.

Zumba (~400-600 cal/h)
For those who like to dance, the trend is now Zumba classes. Open to men as well as women, these dancing classes are greatly appreciated by those who try them. And there is no need to be a champion dancer. For men, it will be the perfect opportunity to show that the King is not dead. For women, it’s the perfect moment to sway your hips like there is no tomorrow, in all tranquility, without having to worry about your purse being stolen on the dance floor or wondering if a man is waiting for you at the exit, beer in hand, ready to throw you a clever pick-up line.  The best of both worlds.

Cross-training (crossfit) (~650-900 calories)
The more a workout is focused on muscle-building, the less calories are burned during the session. But if cardio-type transitions are part of your workout, you will be able to optimize energy expenditure! This is an excellent method to achieve overall fitness. A master at nothing, but good at everything! An excellent compromise.

I hope that you find shoes to fill. For more information, don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Go spend energy!

By Xavier Jutras

Xavier Jutras

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the Université Laval, Xavier has decided to join the ranks of Nautilus Plus during the winter of 2012 to share his passion about training and sports in general. In sports, he has tried it all (soccer, tennis, dek-hockey, hockey, mountain biking, running, crossfit, etc.), so we could say he qualifies as a hyperactive person. That being said, between two sports, he particularly enjoys writing. Philosopher and blogger in his spare time, he gave himself the mission of selling you physical activity as the (sometimes unsuspected) solution to many of your questions and problems. With a very pragmatic approach, he will know how to guide you through the steps that will lead you to succeed in what should be one of the most important projects of your life: your own well-being. His motto: A healthy body leads to a healthy mind.

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