My Favorite Ways To Burn Calories

My Favorite Ways To Burn Calories

As you may know, from my many {MANY} Instagram updates, I am a little obsessed with my heart rate monitor. I wear it ALL.THE.TIME. Seeing the calories add up on my wrist is a great source of motivation {and inspiration} during my workouts to push a little harder, go a little farther and sweat it out.

When I say sweat IT out, I am referring to

red wine & sour patch kids. 

The heart wants what it wants.

I have had my HRM for almost a year now – it was a birthday gift from my mother-in-law {MM} last year, Thanks MM! – And it’s been pretty much attached to my wrist for a year. I recently went through all my old photos and noticed a very obvious trend – I love to document my sweat sessions & take pictures of my calorie burn. It was interesting and fun reviewing all the different burns and how the many workouts I have done over the past year have got me moving!

Here are my favorite calorie burns {in numerical order!} over the past year:


Art Museum

How many times do you have to go up {and down!} the Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps – the one’s Rocky runs up- to make a mile? I have the answer for you.


Crossfit is a great way to get your sweat on – It’s usually a 45-60 minute class that consists of a warm-up, strength training/endurance/skills and then the last 15-20 minutes of the class you put everything together and go all out. It will leave you sweaty and out of breath for sure! Not to mention sore the next day!

************************************calories burned

One of the most unique ways I have burned a good amount of calories is when my BFF Michelle & I were invited to SkyZone to check out the brand new indoor trampoline park. We spent about 40-45 minutes playing around on the trampolines – such a fun way to get your heart rate up!

Run Around the Prison
3 Miles around the Eastern State Penitentiary is a nice way to spend a morning workout.
5K3 Miles
A 5k in the summer sun is my favorite running distance.

FlyWheelnever coast

I was never much of a spinner until this year and now I am hooked. I love going to spin class and try to go at least once a week to change things up a bit in my routine. The music is great and its a different way to get my body moving than with running.

************************************Bikram Voorhees
Bikram Yoga is one of my all-time-FAVORITE ways to sweat. The heat {105 degrees!} just does something for me. I love sweating out all the toxins, I leave every class feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and inspired. I try to make it to Bikram class at least once a week too – I think it’s so good for everyone’s body to experience.
Get Fit
But seriously, any run will do just fine.
During the winter – or anytime its rainy or yucky out – I have been loving my favorite treadmill workout to get in some solid miles and a solid burn. During an indoor workout I also love the elliptical & my kindle.


Nike Fuel Band

For Christmas, Santa surprised me with the Nike+ FuelBand – When I don’t have my HRM on, I have this on – it’s a great reason to make sure you are active throughout the day – it gives me a reason to get up and take Jackson for an extra walk, or do some squats or crunches.



So there you have it – a few of my favorite workouts with my Heart Rate Monitor.

What’s YOUR favorite way to burn calories? Do you track your burn? 



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  • Reply Lindsay May 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Does this version of the HR monitor have a strap?
    Do you only use it for things that are not running related?
    i have a garmin 305- for running but i never wear the strap also i cant just wear that all the time (too bulky)
    Review of the product would be awesome!

    • Reply Leslie May 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Hey Lindsey – great questions, I will put together a review on it next week! Stay tuned!

  • Reply Rebecca @ Runner with an Appetite May 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I’d love to know how that watch does at tracking non-running/walking exercises. I can pretty quickly calculate my calories burned running, but am always curious about calories burned when I lift weights or do bodyweight exercises.


  • Reply Patty O May 15, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I’m thinking about getting one of those Nike Fuel Bands – yours looks awesome!

  • Reply Erika May 16, 2013 at 2:48 am

    I have the FT7 Polar HR Monitor and the Fuel Band and I love them both. I wish I could use the HR monitor without the strap though, it bugs me. My favorite ways to burn calories are hiking, softball, and strength training.

    I love the photos of Philadelphia, such a beautiful city!

  • Reply Lauri May 16, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I have a Garmin with heart rate strap/monitor but I’m really bad abuot remembering to charge it and/or bring it with me to the gym to track heart rate!
    My favorit was are group exercise classes – Boot Camp, Cycling, combo of both (my gym offers a great one), weights classes, Zumba, kickboxing. I’ll do anything depending on my mood and being in a class atmosphere always pushes me harder!

  • Reply Alex roger July 11, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Hi, it’s quite good to have one of these, it makes burning calories more fun and accurate at the same time. Even though, I won’t get one of these, I like to keep it as simple as it is, juts do jogging for a few minutes (30 to 45 minutes) ana check every month for my weight.

    thank a lot for sharing

  • Reply Mercedes October 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Yes! Finally someone writes about burning calories.

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