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Boxers banish belly fat and its related health conditions.
Being physically active has a big impact on belly fat. Exercise helps burn excess calories, and according to Johns Hopkins University, it's especially helpful for burning belly fat because it lowers levels of circulating insulin, which reduces the body's tendency to hold onto fat. Rather than slogging away on the treadmill at the gym, playing sports is a fun way to stay active, build cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength and slim your waistline. Choose the most intense sports to get the biggest metabolic bang for your buck.
Whether you're training for a race or competing in a race, you'll burn a lot of calories running. How many you'll burn depends on your body weight and running pace. According to Harvard Medical School estimates, in 60 minutes, a 155-pound person burns 670 calories running at a pace of 5.2 miles per hour and 1,078 calories running at a pace of 8.6 miles per hour.
Boxing and Kickboxing
Not only do boxing and kickboxing make you look fierce, they also burn a ton of calories. Taking a kickboxing class, sparring or competing in a boxing match can help a 155-pound person burn between 648 and 720 calories per hour, according to estimates from the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Road Cycling and Mountain Biking
Leisurely peddling around the neighborhood won't do much for your waistline, but cycling at a fast pace and on varied terrain will do wonders. According to Harvard Medical school, a 155-pound person can torch 632 calories mountain biking for an hour and 744 calories cycling at a pace of 14 to 15.9 miles per hour. The faster you peddle and the more hills you climb, the more calories you'll burn.
The resistance provided by water makes swimming more energetically challenging than a lot of land-based sports. Depending on what water exercise you're doing, you can burn up to 12 calories per minute, according to the University of California, Berkeley. The University of Rochester Medical Center estimates that a 155-pound person swimming laps at a vigorous pace can burn 720 calories in an hour.
Pulling the weight of your body up a cliff or up the wall of a rock-climbing gym is no easy feat. Especially on longer climbs, you'll feel your heart rate skyrocket. Harvard estimates that a 155-pound person burns 818 calories ascending. More than likely, it would take you two hours of climbing to burn that number of calories, since what goes up must also come down.
An Olympic weightlifter lifts large loads in explosive movements that take a great deal of energy to execute. This is partly because Olympic lifts utilize large muscle groups and combine movements usually performed as single lifts in the gym. For example, the Poliquin Group points out that the clean and jerk is almost like a deadlift, an upright row, a reverse curl, a front squat, a military press and a lunge all in one. That's a huge metabolic boost that can not only burn a lot of calories while you're lifting, but also raise your metabolism in the hours following your workout due to post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC, according to the American Council on Exercise.
Rowing and Crew
Pulling oars through water makes for an incredibly tough sport activity that can build muscle and burn calories for a metabolic one-two punch. Calorie burn is harder to judge when you're crewing with a team, but when you're practicing on a stationary rower in the gym you can expect to burn an average of 632 calories rowing at a vigorous pace, depending on your weight, according to Harvard Medical School.
The nonstop action of a full-court basketball game can leave you drenched in sweat. It can also help you lighten up. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, a 155-pound person can burn about 576 calories in an hour of game play.
The explosive moves involved in competitive football have a high metabolic cost, and the endurance to last a whole game also requires a lot of energy. The University of Rochester Medical Center estimates that a 155-pound person burns 648 calories an hour during competitive football. Training drills and activities can also be big calorie torchers.