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These 15 Exercises Burn a Ton of Calories in a Short Amount of Time

We’ve all been there — you get home from work, grab a bag of chips, and pop a serving (or two, or five) into your mouth while the TV plays in the background. It’s easy to throw that half-eaten bag of chips back in the pantry and think your 30-minute walk will take care of things, but there’s more to consider here. One serving (yes, just one) of Lay’s potato chips is 160 calories. Wondering how many calories you burned during your half-hour walk? Probably around 150 or so.

Not all of us are built for marathon running or long bike rides, but burning calories doesn’t have to be an arduous task. A busy life calls for an abbreviated workout and exercises that blast a lot of calories quickly. While we can’t promise a miracle, you can definitely torch some serious calories in half an hour or less. Here are 15 exercises that will get you fit in no time.

1. Supersets

A woman holding a dumbbell

A woman holding a dumbbell Doing supersets will give you serious muscle and torch calories. | iStock.com

Calories burned: A 150-pound person can burn 302 calories in 40 minutes.

Supersets are exactly how they sound — they’re a form of circuit training that incorporates two different kinds of exercise, one right after the other, with no rest in between. To do this properly, choose two different types of moves that pair well together and work the same or opposing muscle groups. Perform each set as instructed and only rest once you’ve completed a full round. This superset workout, courtesy of PopSugar, is one to try. Do each combo three times before moving on to the next, resting for one minute between each.

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