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How Many Calories Does One Hour of Aerobic Cardio Burn?

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Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
How Many Calories Does One Hour of Aerobic Cardio Burn?
Step aerobics is one type of exercise that can help you lose weight. Photo Credit Alexander Novikov/iStock/Getty Images

Arranging your day to ensure you're left with an hour for exercise can often be the difference between a fit, healthy body and one that is overweight. If your primary reason for exercising is to burn calories to either shed a few pounds or maintain your weight, cardio exercises are ideal. This form of exercise provides a wealth of benefits in addition to burning calories.

Aerobics Workout

How Many Calories Does One Hour of Aerobic Cardio Burn?
Many gyms offer aerobic classes for their members. Photo Credit diego cervo/iStock/Getty Images

Many gyms offer a variety of aerobics classes for their members, and this form of exercise is an ideal way to burn calories if you enjoy exercising as part of a group. Data from the website HealthStatus notes a 145-pound person will burn 400 calories in an hour-long low-impact aerobics class and 461 calories in a 60-minute high-impact aerobics class. The same person will burn 461 calories in a 60-minute low-impact step aerobics class and 696 calories in a high-impact step aerobics class.

Gym Cardio Exercises

How Many Calories Does One Hour of Aerobic Cardio Burn?
Using the rowing machine at your gym is a great way to burn additional calories. Photo Credit 4774344sean/iStock/Getty Images

Aerobics classes aren't the only way to burn calories through a cardio workout. A wide range of other gym-based exercises provide a cardio workout that burns calories to help you lose weight. The same 145-pound person will burn 461 calories in 60 minutes of using a rowing machine at a moderate pace or riding a spinning bike at a moderate pace. In an hour of using an elliptical trainer, the person will burn 748 calories.

Other Cardio Exercises

How Many Calories Does One Hour of Aerobic Cardio Burn?
You don't have to do your cardio only in the gym. Photo Credit Maxim Petrichuk/iStock/Getty Images

The gym doesn't have to be the only venue for your cardio workout. Exercising elsewhere in your community or at home provides a wealth of ways of improving your cardiovascular fitness and burning calories. A 145-pound person will burn 331 calories in 60 minutes of kayaking, 391 calories in 60 minutes of hiking and 557 calories in 60 minutes of mountain biking. If you prefer exercising at home, 60 minutes of moderate jumping jacks burns 296 calories.

Cardio Exercise Benefits

How Many Calories Does One Hour of Aerobic Cardio Burn?
Cardio exercise will give you more energy to do things you love. Photo Credit Maridav/iStock/Getty Images

Regardless of the approach you take to perform cardio exercise, this form of working out is hugely beneficial to your health. Cleveland Clinic notes cardio exercise boosts your cardiovascular health, regulates your cholesterol levels, improves the health of your lungs and helps you manage your weight. Other benefits of aerobic exercise, according to WeightLossResources.co.uk, include increasing your energy level and elevating your mental health.

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