It’s time to hit the beach—and get a good workout at the same time. What fun!
Here are some beach workouts that don't seem like workouts at all. (The calorie-burning and fitness potential of these activities is based on a 150-pound individual performing the activity for one hour and are estimates.)
Throwing a Frisbee®: Who doesn’t love to play Frisbee? It’s great fun, but also burns 205 calories an hour.
Boogie Boarding or Body Surfing: Also burning approximately 205 calories per hour, boogie boarding or body surfing can help you cool off during the summer heat while you burn those calories.
Tossing bean bags or horseshoes: Both of these burn over 200 calories per hour, too, and bean bag tossing is also kid-friendly—a great way to make it game the whole family can enjoy.
If you really want to ramp up your calorie-burning potential while enjoying time at the beach, then try these. (Calorie-burning potential is also for a 150-pound person performing the activity for one hour and are estimates.)
Beach volleyball: Burning nearly 545 calories per hour, beach volleyball can be super fun in the sun for you and a group of friends. It works your entire body, and after an hour or so of friendly competition, you can jump in the water to cool down.
Run along the beach: Running at an approximate rate of six m.p.h, or about 10 minutes per mile, burns 682 calories per hour. Also, running along the beach can be a nice change of scenery and terrain. And you can dive into the water when you’re done!
Go for a swim: Swimming doesn’t burn as many calories per hour—approximately 477 per hour or 682 per hour at a more energetic pace—but it sure is a great way to stay in shape while having fun at the beach.
Then there’s stand-up paddleboarding, which strengthens your core and can provide a full-body workout. The average male can burn between 800 to 1,000 calories per hour, while the average female may burn approximately 500 to 700 calories per hour. Again, this is just an estimate, but that’s impressive.
So, go ahead and join the beach party—and stay in shape at the same time.
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.