There's no denying that running is good exercise. It is great for your lungs, heart, cholesterol, and immune system, plus it helps relieve stress and anxiety. It can even help you lose weight. Anyone can run, there isn't any special equipment required, and you can do it anywhere. But running can be hard on the knees and hips and does not work the upper body. For more well-rounded workouts, other exercises might be more effective. An adult weighing 175 pounds burns about 340 calories running a mile at 5 mph; here are ten exercises that burn even more.


1. Jumping Rope

Jumping rope for ten minutes burns about 125 calories, which is the same as about 30 minutes of jogging. There are a lot of great perks with jumping rope, too. You don't need a lot of equipment, and you can do it just about anywhere. In addition to improved coordination and potential weight loss, jumping rope is also good for your bones. It builds mineral density and improves overall power.

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