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12 Sports and Recreational Activities and the Calories They Burn


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Rowing
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Burning about 280 calories per half hour, rowing is a very effective way to rid yourself of extra energy. It also builds up endurance, strength and muscle in your shoulders, thighs and biceps. The key to rowing is in the technique -- coordinate the legs, back and arms to work as one. Kayaking and canoeing each burn around 170 calories in a half hour.