Top Ten Calorie-Burning Summer Activities

It may already be summer but it’s never too late to get into shape and show off your beach bod.  Don’t worry if going to the gym isn’t your thing—there are many summer activities that burn more calories than you think!*

  1. Swimming.  Who doesn’t love going to the pool on a hot summer day?  Swimming burns about 270 calories in one hour.
  2. Sand volleyball.  Whether you are in a bar league or a pick-up game at the beach, sand volleyball burns a lot of calories—about 520 per hour!
  3. Canoeing or kayaking.  Canoeing can burn around 200 calories per hour (when lightly rowing), and kayaking can burn around 350 calories per hour.  Luckily, Wisconsin has plenty of lakes, rivers, and streams that can be used for these activities.
  4. Bowling.  If you want to escape the heat and spend time indoors for a change this summer, try bowling.  This activity can burn around 200 calories every hour.
  5. Washing your dog.  Primping your pooch can burn almost 250 calories an hour!
  6. Frisbee.  After you’ve groomed Fido, why not take him out for a game of Frisbee?  This activity burns about 200 calories an hour.
  7. Golf.  A relaxing day on the golf course can actually burn quite a few calories.  You’ll use about 300 calories per hour for golfing in general, while miniature golf will burn around 200 calories per hour.
  8. Croquet.  If golf isn’t your thing, take a whack at croquet.  This activity burns around 175 calories per hour.
  9. Cleaning.  Whether it is yard work or cleaning around your house, you can burn anywhere from 150 to 350 calories per hour while cleaning.
  10. Riding a bike.  Even biking leisurely can burn quite a few calories (280 per hour), while vigorous cycling can burn upwards of 800 calories per hour.

Stay active this summer and you’ll be shedding the pounds in no time!  You can also improve your lifestyle by making sure you are protected with a Wisconsin health insurance policy.  Contact us today to find out more, or to share your favorite summer activity with us!

(*Calories burned per hour based on a weight of 150 pounds.)

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