14 Best Ways to Crush Calories in Colorado

Climbing at Garden of the Gods. Photo courtesy of Visit Colorado Springs.

Now that it’s a new year, it’s a great time to think about recommitting to your fitness resolutions. We’ve made a list of Colorado’s favorite activities and ordered them by how many calories they’ll help you burn per hour. Keep in mind that numbers are adjusted for someone weighing 155 pounds and exerting themselves at a moderate level. If you weigh more or less, you’ll likely burn more or less accordingly. Likewise, if you’re exercising with more or less intensity, you’ll burn more or fewer calories.

14. Bird Watching — 175 calories per hour

Birding - OutThere Colorado

13. Disc golf — 200 calories per hour

Disc Golf - OutThere Colorado

12. Golf — 317 calories per hour

14 Best Ways to Crush Calories in Colorado

Broadmoor East Golf Course. Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor.

11. Kayaking – 350 calories per hour

14 Best Ways to Crush Calories in Colorado

Lake Dillon, Dillon, Colorado.

10. Stand-Up Paddleboarding – 400 calories per hour

14 Best Ways to Crush Calories in Colorado

Dillon Reservoir.

9. Hiking – 420 calories per hour

14 Best Ways to Crush Calories in Colorado

401 Trail, Crested Butte.

8. Skiing – 422 calories per hour

14 Best Ways to Crush Calories in Colorado

Woodward at Copper Mountain Resort.

7. Snowboarding – 440 calories per hour

14 Best Ways to Crush Calories in Colorado

Sarah Gibeau of Colorado Springs rides the Schauffler chute in Montezuma Bowl at Arapahoe Basin. Photo Credit: Christian Murdock

6. Cross Country Skiing – 560 calories per hour

Classic Cross Country Skiing Technique - OutThere Colorado

5. Snowshoeing – 562 calories per hour

14 Best Ways to Crush Calories in Colorado

Members of the Gleneagle Women’s Hiking Club set off on a snowshoe trek Monday, February 22, 2010 in the fresh snow in Fox Run Regional Park. Member Carol Nettles said the club has been around for 20 years and has more than 100 members. She said they try to get out twice a month. She said she didn’t know how far they’d be snowshoeing Monday but that it would probably be “until we get tired.” Photo Credit: Mark Reis.

4. Mountain Biking – 600 calories per hour

14 Best Ways to Crush Calories in Colorado

Evolution Bike Park, Crested Butte, Colorado.

3. Cycling – 700 calories per hour

14 Best Ways to Crush Calories in Colorado

Vail Pass, Vail, Colorado.

2. Running (10 minute mile) – 704 calories per hour

14 Best Ways to Crush Calories in Colorado

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs.

1. Rock climbing – 775 calories per hour

14 Best Ways to Crush Calories in Colorado

Officer’s Gulch near Frisco, Colorado.

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