Kids games to help you burn kilojoules
The fun games you loved as a kid are still serious kilojoule-torching workouts.
Skipping ropes are easy to tuck into a purse or beach bag for a spontaneous workout. The kilojoule burn will vary depending on your pace. If you’re skipping fewer than 100 skips per minute or using a two-footed skip by alternating your feet, an average 70-kilo woman can expect to burn 44 kilojoules per minute, or 2640 kilojoules an hour. If you want an extra challenge, trainer Tricia Somma says to try a weighted rope. This has the added bonus of also helping you build muscle. Using a skipping rope on a soft surface like sand reduces the impact of landing on your joints, while also forcing your body to exert more energy to launch off the ground, which increases your overall kilojoules burn.
This hip-engaging activity has had a resurgence in recent years, with fitness experts advocating for the old-fashioned game that can burn up to 29 kilojoules per minute or 1740 kilojoules per hour. Whether you hula hoop to music or to your own rhythm, this fun physical activity can be done almost anywhere.