Whether you are trying to lose weight or simply keep fit, calorie counters are available in a wide range of different versions. Lots of people like to keep a check of what calories their food contain or how many calories a particular type of exercise has burned off.
Firstly, what exercises are best for burning those calories? One of the most intensive activities to burn fat and calories is skating. The side to side movement helps use a lot of muscles and helps you with balance. Similarly, my son tells me, does his new Loaded Longboard, which has allowed him to build up his leg muscles and work on his balance.
Running has long been seen as a great burner of calories as the major muscles used by a runner – in the legs, backside and core – are the best for burning calories. An average is 374 calories in a 30 minute run. Swinging arms adds to the impact but to avoid injury, alternate between slow and fast sections.
Any professional boxer will tell you the best way to get a workout is to get the jumping rope into action. Half an hour workout with a rope is estimated to burn 340 calories, and you can even repeat with movements without a rope if you don’t have one. Keep feet slightly apart and body upright as well as only jumping a short distance from the ground to get the most from the session. Switch speeds as well as style for variation or use the rope while you jog.
Apps to check results
If you want a simple app to check how many calories you have burned during a run, Calorie Burner is a simple, free app which will do this for you. You simply input what you weight is and how many miles you ran for and the app will work out how many calories burned.
LIVESTRONG.COM Calorie Tracker is another free app which has a searchable database of food and meals so you can see how many calories you have consumed in your dishes. You can set yourself goals, and the app will monitor your progress with the info you put in and it can be used to track your weight, as well.
Easy Calorie Counter requires following the link from the Windows Store to the publisher website, but the end product is an app which connects with a variety of resources. It can check the USDA food database and allow you to input the information about dishes you discover to the app’s database. It saves your food diary daily and has a built in calorie counter to work alongside this and help you monitor your progress.
No matter what you goal is be it weight loss or healthy lifestyle, there is plenty of information online to get you some pointers about what exercise you can undertake. Plus the Windows Store has plenty of different apps which can help you monitor your progress and see where any problems in your diet may lie. It doesn’t make the exercise any less tiring, but it will help you see the gains from your work, and that makes it all worth it.