But for many, finding the time to exercise really does pose a challenge. Sure, you can burn 3,000 calories on a day you mange to log 25,000 steps on your tracker, most of it at a brisk pace. Keeping that routine up on a consistent basis, however, may just not be sustainable for you.
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What you need is a workout that will give you the most bang for your buck, so all that discipline you're exercising with food — hello, portion control and smarter food choices! — doesn't go to waste and leave you stranded on a plateau, feeling frustrated and disappointed.
PopSugar took a look at 20 different types of exercises and calculated how many calories a typical woman weighing 130 pounds burns in just 5 minutes. Even if you aren't a woman or don't weigh 130 pounds, you can use a chart as a benchmark of what you can expect to burn if you do 40 minutes on an elliptical versus 20 minutes of yoga, for example.
Use the chart to mix and match workouts so your routine doesn't get boring or focus on the ones that burn the most calories in the least time if your schedule is particularly unforgiving.