6 Fun Ways to Get in Shape

rollerbladeSummer is almost here, and the idea of being stuck inside a dark and sweaty gym sounds less and less appealing. As an alternative, there are another physical activities you can do outdoors to get in shaep and enjoy the warmer weather at the same time.

Here are 6 ways to sweat in summer:

Maybe rollerblading is not as cool as it once was, and yes, you need to wear a helmet, wrist and knee pads. But you can burn almost 800 calories in an hour, work your thighs and glutes, and have a lot of fun! Plus, it’s an activity you can do with the whole family.

Swimming

Swimming is an incredible activity. You use so many different muscles propelling yourself through the water, and burn tons of calories in the process. It’s also easy on your joints and can be done by people of all ages.

Hiking

If you’re lucky enough to live in a warm climate like I do, you can hike all year. For those of you in more seasonal climates, this is the perfect time of year hike. No, I don’t mean the kind of hiking done with carabiners and ropes; it’s more about getting outside on a walking path or trail in the fresh air.

Not only do you get your heart pumping enough to burn 400-500 calories per hour, you get some sunlight. In fact, a recent study found that getting a few extra minutes of sunlight early in the day is linked to lower BMI. Bring a friend (or friends) and make it a social outing.

Gardening

Think of the advantages of growing your own herbs and veggies — you’ll consume fewer pesticides, save money, and…lose weight? That’s right! Gardening is hard work and a great form of physical activity. Live in an apartment? Try a community garden! A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that community gardeners had a significantly lower BMI than their non-gardening neighbors.

Tennis

If you’re able to find a friend of equal caliber for your requirements, you can get some terrific volleys going to flashlight calories. Tennis gets one to run forward, backward, and laterally. The best part is actually, you end up focusing more about the game, and less about the fact you’re exercising really hard. If you can’t find you to definitely play with, find a brick wall and try and see how many times you possibly can keep hitting without letting the ball bounce two times.

Golf

I know what you’re thinking: “golf isn’t exercise.” Well, I’ve got news for you. It’s exhausting exercise – as long as you don’t take the cart everywhere! In fact, walking a round of golf (18 holes) takes approximately 14,000 steps, which is 7 miles! Next time you play, bring your FitBit and see how many steps you take. (Side note – make sure to bring sunscreen!)

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