Summer is in full swing and so are summer bbq's and fiestas. Summer parties can be sneaky as far as caloric intake is concerned. Extra fruity cocktails, ice cream, dips and chips, burgers, and dogs can all pack on the pounds if you aren't combatting the summer fun with plenty of summer fitness. The best part of summer fitness is that you can do so many activities outdoors while getting a tan, your Vitamin D fix, boosting your endorphins, and taking in the scenery. Nature has a healing effect on the mind and body. So take some time this summer to get outside whether it's in Central Park, the beach, or your backyard and sweat for your physical and mental health.
The following is a brief list of activities and how many calories you can burn in 1 hour doing them. The numbers are based on an average for a person who weighs 120 pounds. The more you weigh and the more muscle mass you have the more calories you burn in an hour.
Kickboxing/Martial Arts: 550 kcal Golf (carrying clubs): 300 kcal Gardening: 250 kcal Walking (moderately like walking a dog at 3mph): 200 kcal Walking (briskly at 4mph): 215 Running (6 mph a 10 minute mile): 550 kcal Swimming (moderate to vigorous): 550 kcal Tennis: 385 kcal Yoga: (Stretching/Hatha Yoga): 215 kcal Weight lifting (moderate effort): 250 kcal