The summer months provide unique opportunity to get up, get going and get fit. All it takes is some creativity, a dash of motivation and maybe an adventurous work-out buddy, and you’re set to explore the endless activities available under the sun. Here are 4 Fun Ways to Exercise This Summer:
1. Get in the Water
Whether you’re a novice or a pro, have an indoor or an outdoor pool, prefer the lake or the ocean; if you’re swimming, you’re doing something right. Swimming raises your heart rate and tones every muscle in your body. This activity can be altered to your desired intensity, and is well loved for the refreshment it brings in mid-summer heat. According to HealthStatus.com, a person weighing 150 pounds will burn about 414 calories during a 60-minute moderate-intensity swimming workout. Swimming may, hands down, be the brightest way to exercise in the summer.
2. Tend to Your Lawn
For all the nature inclined people out there, spending time in the lawn is simply a habitual pastime. But did you know the health benefits of gardening, weeding, and mowing are extensive? Gardening is a great stress reliever, bringing peace to the soul and gratification over time. And knowing the amount of calories you burn while making your yard beautiful, you’ll feel proud of your lawn and look good doing it. Mowing the lawn, you can burn up to 200 calories; weeding, 270; and digging or spading dirt, 300!
3. Whip Out Those Skates
Looking for a fast, fuel efficient way to get from one place to the next during your upcoming visit to the boardwalk or flat beach town? Rollerblading may sound old school, but there’s a reason it’s been around so long. Those little shoes with wheels require constant stabilizing from your core, and the repetitive forward motion of each foot gives your lower body a killer perpetual contraction. According to MayoClinic.com, a 160-lb. person burns 913 calories rollerblading at an average pace for one hour. That’s a lot of calories!
4. Go For a Climb
Finally, for the high reaching go-getters out there, there is a brilliant activity you simply must try this summer. Rock Climbing increases muscle mass and tone in especially the arms, back and chest. This heart-pumping thrill of an exercise can be indoor or outdoor, based on your location, making it easily accessible. Not only does rock climbing do wonders for your cardiovascular system, but it boosts your self confidence, sense of achievement, spatial awareness, and concentration. And according to www.fitday.com, rock climbing at a moderate intensity for around one hour will burn around 400 calories, making this activity one worth strapping in to.