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Summer Outdoor Workouts


Summer Outdoor Workouts

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.

Play Sports

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?

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13 Comments on “Summer Outdoor Workouts”

  1. Bobbiejo Winfrey

    I like to walk in nearby parks for a change of scenery when I am up for it. I prefer spring and fall temperatures for doing this as in the summer it can get much too hot for me.

  2. Linda

    With two huskies I do a lot of walking and hiking. We like to take them to Holy Jim’s and let them off leash and hike through the canyon. We also walk them daily through the neighborhood to visit all of their doggie friends and we end up at our local park for doggie play time.

    1. Jennifer Edwards Post author

      LOVE it! I just recently got a dog myself (lab) and I’ve noticed a HUGE spike in my amount of walking :)

  3. Ginger

    I bike a lot, mostly with the local bike club. That way I get exercise, social time and enjoyment of the outdoors all at the same time. Biking is even a good sport for hot summer evenings since you create your own wind chill to make you feel cooler.

  4. paul

    I like biking. I commute to work most days, unless it is raining. I also bike in the winter, unless it is below 0° or snowing in the am.

  5. Deb

    I have an inground pool which I find small for laps, but perfect for aqua jogging! I purchased my aqua jogger at the YMCA but I am sure any sports store would carry it. I find it to be a real workout when it’s too nice to go indoors for a lap swim.

  6. Stephanie (@heystephanie)

    I’m a big fan of hiking. My friends and I are actually going to the Havasupai Waterfall hike next month. I hear the scenery is gorgeous. I’m also going to give indoor rock climbing a try this summer to build my upper body strength.

  7. Mary

    I have an above-ground pool that is only 3 feet deep and too small for effective swimming. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for a pool based work out. I walk around the edge of the pool in the pool for 20 circles but because I’m in the water I cannot wear my pedometer. I then go the opposite way against the current. But I am looking for other ideas to help burn the calories!

    1. Jennifer Edwards Post author

      I have to start by saying I’m jealous!! I think what you are doing with the circles is great. Just like any other workout, just try to keep moving. I think it may not matter what exactly you are doing, but rather that you don’t stop. I would also check out YouTube for pool workouts. For instance, I love this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isr5IMWqbeg (although I know you can’t do all of these things as yours is an above ground).

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