9 Best Low-Cost Exercises for Weight Loss

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Americans certainly have a desire to lose weight. A Gallup poll found that 51 percent of us hope to shed at least some pounds.

But if the spirit is willing, the body is lagging badly behind in the effort.

Although exercise is one of the best ways to tone up and trim down, just 20 percent of Americans engage in the proper amount of activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To be fair, it is likely that many of us have tried to exercise, only to have gotten discouraged when little or no weight loss occurred. But such disappointment may simply be a result of choosing the wrong activity.

Following are nine exercises that science has identified as true calorie-burners. And as an added bonus for those deterred by the thought of a pricey gym membership, all of these activities are low cost or no cost.

All calorie measurements come from the Mayo Clinic and represent the amount of calories burned at three different weight levels in one hour.

1. Jumping rope


Jumping rope not only tops our list of weight-loss exercises, but it’s also among the most economical ways to whittle your waistline. You can purchase a high-quality jump rope for $10 or less. According to WebMD:

You’d have to run an eight-minute mile to work off more calories than you’d burn jumping rope.

Plus, jump ropes are perfectly portable, allowing you to easily switch up your scenery. They may even bring you back to your childhood!

Calories burned:

  • 861 (160 pounds)
  • 1,074 (200 pounds)
  • 1,286 (240 pounds)
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