20 ways to burn 100 calories in just 10 minutes

Staff - dailyspark.com - 07/08/2011
Exercise Tips

People often say that they don't have time to exercise, but I disagree. Everyone can spare 10 minutes a day to work out. One of my personal goals is to do something active every day, even if it's just for 10 minutes. So even on my busiest days, I won't make excuses. And I definitely won't convince myself that 10 minutes is too little to really matter. Ten minutes DOES matter—and it really does add up to big benefits for your body. If all you only did 10 minutes of exercise per day, that's 70 minutes and potentially 700+ calories that you could burn over the course of a week.

So when you're short on time and can only muster a short workout, intensity is key. Work harder for the most benefit and the biggest calorie burn for your buck. Really make those minutes count! Here are tons of workouts that burn around 100 calories (or more) in just 10 minutes, while also strengthening your heart and lungs and helping your blast stress. Now THAT is a worthwhile way to spend a few minutes of your time.

20 Ways Burn 100 Calories* in 10 Minutes

Cycling (12+ mph) or mountain biking


Running (at least 12 minutes per mile)

Swimming laps or treading water

Playing basketball

Spinning class or stationary biking



Martial arts

Digging (heavy yard work)

Jumping rope (continuously)

Jumping jacks

Rock climbing

Walking on the treadmill (at least 4 mph with a 5% incline)

Water jogging

Kettlebell training

SparkPeople's Jump Start Cardio workout

SparkPeople's Bootcamp Cardio workout

SparkPeople's Kickboxing workout

SparkPeople's Jump Rope workout

*Calories burned estimates based on a 160-pound woman. Men and people who weigh more will typically burn more calories for the same activity.

What's your favorite way to burn a lot of calories in a little bit of time?

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