Summer’s officially here, and you know, getting fit doesn’t have to be a painful experience, right? In fact, there are a lot of forms of exercise that can be an absolute blast to do. Don’t believe me? Here are 8 ways to burn calories while having fun. But whatever you choose to do, do it on a regular basis and you’ll be in shape in no time! Just don’t forget to find the proper athletic shoes for yourself beforehand.
1. Dance the Night Away
Dancing can take many shapes and forms, whether it’s hip hop, ballroom dancing, Latin dance, swing, jazz, aerobic, ballet, or the dozens of other styles out there. With all the options available, you’re sure to find a style or more that you’ll take to quickly. Or, you can just rock out in your bedroom dancing however you want. But, however you choose to dance, you’ll need quite a bit of energy to keep up through the night.
Calories Burned: Up to 500 calories per hour
2. Bowl a Strike
Bowling might seem like nothing but a great night out, but playing for several games can really get you to start sweating. The active contracting and relaxing of your muscles when throwing a ball can knock off quite a few calories over time. Just make sure you don’t give into the food and drinks available or you’ll probably gain them all back and more!
Calories Burned: ~170-205 calories per hour
3. Rock Climb a Cliff
Okay, maybe don’t climb a cliff right away. You might want to practice climbing in an indoor gym with a rope first before you do it outdoors. But rock climbing is a great way to burn calories while having fun. It’s an activity that’s part physical and part mental. There’s the fear factor involved and also the problem solving required to figure out how to scale up rock walls. And then there’s the physical aspect of it where your entire body is being utilized, whether it’s your forearms, shoulders, fingers, back, core, legs, and even your toes.
Calories Burned: ~454-546 calories per hour
4. Mountain Bike Outdoors
Mountain biking can be looked at a lot like interval training. On a typical trail, you can expect some level ground, some tough uphill battles, and some downhill slopes to coast on. Not to mention the instances where you’ll have to jump off your bike to do some vigorous hiking on uneven terrain. But it’ll be those short bursts of energy and lighter cycling in-between that will really keep your heartbeat racing. Just don’t forget to wear a helmet!
Calories Burned: ~483-580 calories per hour
5. Hike Up a Mountain
For a less physically demanding activity, try hiking for a change. It’s easier on the knees and joints but will still burn a heap of calories. You’ll be able to get some fresh air, get in touch with nature, and it’s also a great activity to do with your friends and family. Trails have varying levels of difficulty and length, so you can choose one that will test your physical prowess best. And for an even more effective workout, find a trail that has a lot of uphill hiking or try carrying a heavier load with you.
Calories Burned: ~415-498 calories per hour with a 10-20 lb load
6. Get Yourself a Jump Rope
Want to strengthen your legs, butt, shoulders, and arms? Grab yourself a jump rope and start jumping! It’s an incredibly rigorous yet effective exercise that can burn up to 15 calories per minute. And there are a handful of variations you can do to keep things interesting, such as double-leg jumps, single-leg jumps, criss crosses, high knees, skips, and many more.
Calories Burned: ~670-805 calories per hour
7. Go Horseback Riding
You might not think it, but horseback riding can be a very physically demanding sport. It requires engaging the calves, core, and quads the most. More strenuous riding such as galloping, cutting, or reining will provide an even more intense workout. And if you have your own horse, you’ll be burning calories just taking care of it, whether it’s grooming, carrying feed bags, stacking hay bales, or sweeping the yard.
Calories Burned: ~312-375 calories per hour
8. Inline Skate at a Local Park
Rollerblading can burn almost as many calories as running, and for many people, it’s a lot more fun than running too. It’s an activity that requires a lot of balance and lower body movement, and you’ll also gain quick reaction skills as you navigate through different terrain. Skating uphill more or incorporating interval training into your regimen can help you lose weight even faster.
Calories Burned: ~426-668 calories per hour
Article written by GUADS guest writer Perry Hua with statistics provided by http://golf.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004797 and based on an average adult weighing 125 to 150 lbs.