5 Ways to Burn 100 Calories in 10 Minutes


Crunched for time but itching for a quick workout? No problem. We’ve got five ways to burn 100 calories in 10 minutes-and most don’t require equipment. So, there’s really no excuse to skip a daily workout!

Shadow boxing
This is a great option during the summer because you can do it indoors. Plus it’s pretty easy to do: just hop up on your toes and keep bouncing around while throwing imaginary punches in rapid succession. Not only does this exercise tone abs, legs, and upper arms, it burns 107 calories in 10 minutes.

Jump rope
Have you tried jumping rope recently? It’s definitely not as easy as it was on the elementary school playground. But, this nostalgic workout has a great payoff: if you jump rope for 10 minutes at a moderate pace, you’ll burn 119 calories. And if you really push it and jump at your top speed for 10 minutes, you can burn upwards of 142 calories!

Ever wonder why you always see people running up and down the bleachers in sports movies? It’s because “doing stairs” is a tough and intense workout with huge benefits. Running up stairs as fast as you can burns a tremendous 178 calories in 10 minutes. It’s a good lunchtime workout; just remember it’s important to wear sneakers (no heels, ladies!) to support your feet and help maintain balance. If there’s not a great set of stairs nearby, you can always run in place for 10 minutes. That’ll knock off 95 calories-not exactly 100, but close enough!

Jumping jacks

Believe it or not, doing 10 minutes of jumping jacks burns 100 calories. The trick is actually doing it for 10 minutes! Jumping jacks are hard, so if you need to take a quick break after five minutes before finishing your full 10 minutes, do it. And if you’re working out outside, don’t forget to stay hydrated. These are going to make you sweat!

Water jogging

If you’re lounging by the pool and want to squeeze in a quick workout, this is a great activity for you. Find the section of the pool where the water reaches your shoulders. Then run in place while pumping your arms for 10 minutes. To get the full caloric impact, you must keep up a brisk pace.

If you’ve got a gym at your disposal, here are a few more ways to burn 100 calories in 10 minutes:

  • Stationary bike (at least 10 mph)
  • Run/walk on the treadmill (at least 4 mph)
  • Racquetball
  • Basketball
  • Spinning class (if you really only want to burn 100 calories, you can leave after the first 10 minutes!)