How to Burn 1200 Calories a Day

You can burn 1,200 calories in about two hours playing singles tennis.
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Your body constantly burns calories, even when you’re asleep. In fact, you use about 300 calories just by sitting and reading for three and a half hours. If you wish to lose weight, however, you’ll need to work a bit more vigorously. For example, you must burn 3,500 more calories than you take in to lose 1 pound. Burning an extra 1,200 calories per day, therefore, will take a pound off in just three days.

    Play a team sport for at least two hours. The exact number of calories you burn depends on the pace at which you play and on your weight -- all else being equal, the more you weigh, the more calories you burn while performing any particular type of exercise. However, playing basketball or touch football for a little over two hours will burn about 1,200 calories for someone who weighs 160 pounds. It will take about three and a half hours to burn 1,200 calories by playing baseball or softball, or approximately two and a half hours if you play soccer.

    Play an individual sport for two to four hours. Playing singles tennis is one of the best choices, allowing you to burn 1,200 calories in approximately two hours. You’ll need roughly two and a half hours to burn that many calories playing racquetball, or about three and a half to four hours playing golf, if you carry your clubs rather than riding in a cart. If you're a distance runner you can burn 1,200 calories in one and a half to two hours if you can maintain a 5 mph pace.

    Work out at a gym or health club for two to three hours. One advantage of working out at a health facility is that you can combine several activities. For example, to burn 1,200 calories you would need to swim laps for two and a half to three hours. At a health club with a pool, however, a 160-pound individual can burn 1,200 calories with a workout that includes one hour of swimming, one hour of weight training and 38 minutes of walking on a stair treadmill.

    Enjoy the outdoors for two to four hours. If you walk at 3.5 mph or go canoeing you’ll need around four hours to burn 1,200 calories. You can burn those calories in two to two and a half hours by backpacking or cross-country skiing.

    Work around your house or in your yard for about four hours. Unless you have a very large house and yard, you’ll probably need to combine such chores as lawn mowing, leaf raking, painting, window washing and digging up a garden.

    Go dancing at the end of the day, if you haven’t quite reached your 1,200-calorie goal. Disco dancing burns roughly 375 calories in an hour, while slow ballroom dancing burns about 200.

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