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4 Outdoor Workouts That Blast Calories

4 Outdoor Workouts That Blast Calories
When it’s sunny and 75, who wants to spend any time at the stuffy gym? Instead, invite some of your friends to join you outdoors to get your sweat on. Whether it’s playing some beach volleyball or going for a hike on your favorite trail, this season seems to motivate us to play and explore. I mean, who doesn’t love taking in some Vitamin D while squeezing in some exercise in the process? We’ve compiled a list of 4 fun activities that blast calories while getting your fresh-air fix.
  1. Cycling – Cycling is a great, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. The benefits of cycling include increased cardio fitness, increased muscle strength and flexibility, specifically in your legs, hips, and buns, strengthened bones, and decreased body fat levels. One hour of cycling can burn about 500 calories (depending on your weight, speed, and terrain).
  1. Beach Volleyball – Spike your fat burn and soak up some sun at the same time! Beach volleyball is a great full-body workout. The explosive and repetitive jumping involved in beach volleyball is going to result in a terrific workout for your lower body, including your core, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and calves. Playing on the sand also demands various muscles in your body to come into play that might not normally engage on a pavement or gym floor. You will also get a great upper body workout while playing volleyball; your arms, chest, and shoulders are all involved in serving, bumping, and spiking the ball. One of the primary benefits of beach volleyball is that it helps you burn a ton of calories. Playing beach volleyball for one hour can burn about 400 calories.
  1. Kayaking – Paddling around on a kayak offers a lot more than a relaxing way to spend a sunny afternoon. All of that hardcore paddling and water resistance lends itself to a serious workout. Just one hour of kayaking can burn over 350 calories, depending on how hard you paddle. Kayaking can increase muscle strength in the back, arms, shoulders, abs, and chest, as well as the muscles that rotate the torso.
  1. Hiking – Break a sweat and explore nature along the way. Hiking is a powerful cardio workout that can build strength in your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and the muscles in your hips and lower legs. It can also strengthen your core, improve balance, and boost your mood. “Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety,” says Gregory A. Miller, PhD, president of the American Hiking Society. Hiking for an hour can make you burn at least 400 calories (based on your weight, speed, and terrain). To challenge yourself even more, stock your backpack with extra weight (water is a great option because you’ll need to hydrate throughout your hike anyway). According to Miller, a 10 to 15 pound backpack will boost your calorie burn by 10 to 15 percent, while also strengthening your lower back muscles.
What are your favorite outdoor workouts? Let us know in the comments below. Cheers! Teresa & WANU Sources: Livestrong, Huffington Post, WebMD

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