No, tennis is not on the list, but it should be, right? The best way to burn calories is by doing what you enjoy while sweating a lot at the same time. Nothing can help you lose extra weight like outdoor activities that are fun and make time fly while you are burning fat. The best workout is not at the gym, but waiting for you outdoors.
Here are 5 of the best outdoor activities that burn a lot of calories:
On a hiking trail, a 180 pound person can burn up to 500 calories in an hour. Hiking works out many of your muscle groups for a full body workout. You will not get the same workout at the gym because you won’t be using your whole body at once. Along with giving your body a great workout, it allows your brain to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
Within a few minutes, hiking improves your mood and motivates you to keep walking. Motivation is the number one factor when it comes to losing fat. Unless you are motivated to workout, you will most likely not be consistent or you will do it half-heartedly. If you feel motivated to do something, you would always go the extra mile. It is always a better experience to work out in natural surroundings than being stuck in front of a tv at the gym or through a video at home.
While hiking on a straight path, you must keep your spine straight and shoulders pulled back while taking long steps. Going downhill, don’t shorter steps and move at a controlled pace. Relax when you feel your body is getting tired and enjoy the surroundings. When you go uphill, it naturally burns a lot of calories, but make sure that you don’t stress yourself too hard. If you get muscle cramps in your legs, you obviously won’t enjoy it as much.
Kayaking is a highly effective way to lose extra weight. A 180 pound person will lose around 400 calories an hour while having fun paddling. The great thing about kayaking is that it hooks you in, making you addicted to it. You naturally feel motivated and do not have to push yourself to work out. At times, it can become so much fun that you will be doing it for hours at a time. Once you start liking this activity, you will surely get rid of all the extra weight more quickly without even realizing it. Renting a kayak isn’t expensive at all but if you’re an avid kayaker, buying a kayak can be a worthwhile investment (you can even buy a two person kayak and invite your partner or a buddy and burn calories together!)
You can’t be too relaxed while kayaking if you want a good workout. It can be a leisure activity if you make it that, but you must gather your energy and paddle almost constantly for it to burn major calories. Don’t stop after every few minutes just to relax. Just being in the water does not mean you will lose weight by lazily paddling. You must maintain a higher speed for at least half an hour, which shouldn’t be too difficult.
3. Ultimate Frisbee
An active player who weighs around 180 pounds will lose around 700 calories for every 90 minute game. Of course, players who are lazy on the field, which their teammates won’t like, will burn a lot less. Different muscle groups work at the same time to perform various actions like catching, tackling and passing. To bring out that unpredictable, yet coordinated, activity of different muscle groups is simply not possible in a gym.
Ultimate Frisbee is a great workout, but it also makes you more sociable because it is a team sport. You naturally start acquiring leadership skills when you become passionate about the game. It lifts your mood and increases your overall general motivation.
Playing Ultimate Frisbee regularly for a few weeks, along with consuming balanced nutrition, can make you very fit while having a lot of fun with friends.
Rigorous rowing can burn around 700 calories in an hour for a person who weighs around 180 pounds. Rowing not only works your upper body but tones your legs like nothing else, due to continuous movement. You work out nine different muscle groups at the same time when you row. Upper body muscle groups like shoulders, back, triceps, biceps, and lats come into full action. You also give your core a fantastic workout, including your quads, glutes, and hamstrings.
Despite being a great workout for your whole body, rowing is a surprisingly low impact exercise. No extra burden is put on your joints or any other area. It does not take much time to learn rowing, as the movements are relatively simple. Just like other water sports, it can also be addictive, and it will always motivate you to keep going. It can be a team sport, so you acquire better social skills while doing it. You start understanding the dynamics of working within a team where the best in everyone is brought out. You can also use the row machine in the gym as well if it’s raining outside.
5. Rock Climbing
A rigorous rock climbing session can burn as much as 900 calories in an hour for a 180 pound person. It is a fantastic cardiovascular and muscle workout. A novice will mainly work the upper body muscles during a rock climbing session. More advanced climbers need to put their body close to the rock and work their core and leg muscles to achieve that.
Rock climbing can increase your endurance tremendously, working your upper body muscles just staying on the rock. Once you start climbing steeper routes, you work your whole body out and, building lean muscle mass and increasing your VO2 max capacity. If you are a beginner, it is important to take it slow and give your muscles enough rest and nutrition to develop before climbing more difficult rocks.
MELT The Fat Off Your Body Summary
A lot of people sign up for gym memberships but almost never go after that. Working out in a closed space can never be as fun as working out in nature. A passion for an outdoor physical activity does not just burn calories, but is extremely enjoyable and makes you happier. Activities like these make you physically, mentally, emotionally and socially more fit and adaptable.