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Many people describe Richard Simmons as flamboyant, funny and fit. They can also describe him as effective when it comes to motivating people to lose weight and get in shape. In the mid 1970s, Simmons began his journey as an exercise instructor who encouraged people to have fun with fitness. He is probably best known for his 30-minute "Sweatin' to the Oldies" workouts. These 30-minute fun-filled fitness sessions can help you burn anywhere from 150 to more than 400 calories. The exact number of calories you burn will depend on some factors within your control as well as a couple that are not.
Weight and Body Composition
If you have a high body fat percentage, you will burn fewer calories than someone who has less fat, says the American College of Sports Medicine. This is true when you exercise and when you rest. Resistance training can help you gain more muscle which in turn, will help you burn more calories. In addition to his cardiovascular workouts, Simmons also created 30-minute toning workouts. Though you will burn fewer calories doing the toning workouts than you will doing the aerobic workouts, the toning sessions offer the resistance training that can help you burn more calories in the long run.
Wisdom may come with age, but an increase in calorie expenditure doesn't. In fact, after you turn 20 you will begin losing muscle every decade, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. An average 20-year-old will therefore typically burn more calories in a 30-minute Richard Simmons exercise class than the 40-year-old exercising right beside her. Consistent resistance training can help to better balance the calorie-burning scale.
A man doing a 30-minute Richard Simmons workout will likely burn more calories than a woman. Not only are men typically larger, but they also typically have less fat and more muscle. The higher percentage of lean muscle allows men to burn more calories while they are "Sweatin' to the Oldies" -- regardless of how old they are.
While you can't do a lot about your age or your sex, you can control how intensely you choose to work out. When you exert the same amount of energy in a 30-minute aerobic class as you use when walking at a pace of 4 mph, you will burn an average of 210 calories, says the American College of Sports Medicine. Increase your intensity by lifting your arms higher, extending your legs further, and adding more air under your feet,and you will burn more calories during your 30-minute Richard Simmons workout, and probably have a lot of fun along the way.