It’s almost summer, so it’s time to take your fitness program outside and into the warmth of the sun! Here are some fun and easy ways to workout outside, whether you are by yourself or having fun with friends.
Walking or Hiking
The simplest and easiest way to get outside and work out is to start walking or hiking. The great thing about this is that you can tailor it to your skill level. You can start with short 30-minute walks around your neighborhood, and work your way to full day backpacking in the forest.
Depending on how hard you are walking or hiking, you can burn anywhere from 200 to 500 calories per hour.
Biking is another great activity to do during the summer. Most areas in the United States have great bike paths, and many communities have biking groups that put together great routes. You can check with your local bike shop, who usually can point you in the right direction to get started.
Don’t want to buy equipment until you’re sure? Many bike shops also offer rentals as well. Biking can usually help you burn 300-500 calories per hour depending on how hard you push it.
Swimming is a great activity to burn calories in a low impact way. However, unless you have an indoor swim club, this is an activity best reserved for summer. Most areas in the United States have local pools where you can swim, or if you’re adventurous, you could swim in a lake or in the ocean.
Swimming is a great way to burn calories. You can usually burn 400-500 calories per hour.
Summer also opens up a whole range of sports that you can play to stay fit. You can get back out and start playing golf or tennis. If you have a bigger group of people, you could arrange a softball game, or a game of Frisbee golf. Many cities have organizations that help individuals join up with group sports. You can even find group sports teams on Meetup.com.
Depending on the sport, you can burn anywhere from 100-500 calories per hour.
The best part about summer workouts? There are plenty of opportunities to log your miles so your workout is not only rewarding you with that killer body, but it is helping someone in need as well.
What is your favorite summer workout?