As the mercury rises burning calories gets a lot more fun. No longer limited to exercising in doors, the options get a lot more plentiful and varied. Working out doesn’t have to feel like working out. The gym is great. But lets face it, while you may enjoy going to the gym, you wouldn’t exactly call it fun. Taking your workout outside and trying some warm-weather activities, allows you to burn calories, whilst having a good time.
Research suggests that exercising outdoors is linked with good things such as greater vitality, enthusiasm, pleasure, self-esteem, and lower levels of stress hormone cortisol and less bad things such as tension, depression, and fatigue. Importantly, it seems that if you exercise outside, you’re also more likely to exercise longer. And it makes sense. If you’re outdoors, breathing fresh air, enjoying natural sunlight, you’re not going to be in a rush to finish and get back inside. And if that wasn’t enough good news, taking your workout outdoors can increase your calorie burn, due to factors such as uneven terrain, wind and fluctuating outdoor temperature.
Mixing up your routine has another upside; catching some rays means you’re topping up on vital Vitamin D, which has a bevy a health benefits, one of which is the role it plays in weight loss (in fact there’s an entire book on Vitamin D and weight loss called theThe Vitamin D Diet).
Here’s a list of outdoor activities that boast a massive calorie-burn, tone and strengthen muscles, and will put your gym workout to shame. And remember, just because you’re having fun, doesn’t mean you’re not burning calories!
All activities are calculated for a 150-pound woman performing the activity for 30 minutes, though most of these activities are likely to be of longer duration.
Biking is a simple, fun and effective way to get a great workout.
Moving your workout from a spinning class to the great outdoors has its benefits; time passes much faster and in terms of effort tends feels easier, due to the pleasant distraction of scenery.
Cycling outdoors also works the glutes (butt muscles), hamstrings, quadriceps, shins and calves harder than indoor cycling.
A practical advantage of biking is that you can use it for more than just exploring new neighborhoods, parks, trails or bike paths, but can use it as a mode of transport to get from point A to B, such as commuting to work.
Calories burnt: Pedal off the pounds by burning about 240 calories, and even more mountain biking.
Beach volley makes for an awesome full body workout that targets and tones the legs, arms, shoulders and abs. During a game you’re continuously on the move, changing direction, squatting, diving, jumping, serving or hitting. You’re also moving on sand, which is more difficult and boosts calorie burn further.
Calorie burn: Incredibly, beach volleyball burns about 290 calories, which is basically equal to that of running at 5 mph (or a 12 minute mile).
If you’re lucky enough to take a beach vacation, or are even luckier still and actually live near the beach, snorkelling or scuba diving can make for the most fun and entertaining of workouts – if you even call it that (it may be just too fun to qualify!). These activities combine both cardio and strength training, burning a ton of calories while tightening and toning the body.
Snorkeling and scuba diving offer the benefits of cardiovascular exercise, minus the strain, sweat, stress, and discomfort of a typical workout. And because you have to work hard to push against the resistance of water (water is hundreds of times more dense than air) to move forward, it also really works the butt, thighs, hips, back and abs. To move powerfully and efficiently through the water, you intrinsically adapt and streamline your body by engaging your core, glute and back muscles; you also kick from the hip, rather than from the knee (like you do when you’re swimming). Using fins increases the resistance forcing your legs to work even harder to move through the water.
Snorkeling and scuba diving allow you enter an entirely different world. With only the sound of your breath, it is a calming, quiet, infinitely relaxing, and beautiful world, offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. What more could you ask for?
Calories burnt: Snorkeling burns about 170 calories per
Surfing isn’t the biggest calorie burner to make the list, but it’s probably the coolest.
Surfing is exhilarating and makes for a great full body workout, working the core, legs and arms. Surfing does take time to learn, and isn’t for the faint of heart.
So enter stand-up paddle boarding. Just as cool, less intimidating and way easier to learn, paddle boarding burns at least double the calories of surfing. Also, unlike surfing, you’re not limited to the ocean and can paddle board on natural or man-made lakes. Paddle boarding is a tough workout requiring balance, as well as upper-body and core strength.
Calories burnt: Surfing burns about 100 calories, while stand-up paddle boarding burns more than double, coming in at about 250 calories.
source: Super skinny me