There is no reason you can’t have both – have amazing fun and lose those pesky few pounds that have been bugging you.
One of the absolute best things about summer is that it provides an abundance of open-space options where you can have the time of your life and you losing a bunch of calories while you’re at it is just an additional perk.
So, let’s dive in and explore all the ultra-entertaining ways for you to make the best out of this sunny season.
Move Your Hips
If you have hips that don’t lie and you truly enjoy dancing, grab your girlfriends and head to a Zumba class.
Unlike the gym, which can be un-stimulating and sort of dull for many, group activities such as this one are primarily about the fun.
For those unfamiliar, Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness party comprised of basic dance styles like the merengue, cumbia, salsa, Latin-pop, reggaeton, bachata, calypso, and samba, all with a little fitness vibe.
The music is great, it compels your body to move and you won’t even feel like you’re exercising; it feels more like you’re dancing it out at a club (except you don’t have to dress up and aren’t afraid to sweat).
The best part, aside from the calorie loss is that it will leave you energized, invigorated and full of positivity.
The recipe for nature-junkies
There are millions of people out there who swear that just being in nature rejuvenates them, fills them with serenity and helps them recharge their batteries.
Well, if this sounds close to home, why not take your love of nature to the next level and beyond just relishing it?
Get on a great mountain bike, and soak in the scenery while you get a serious workout.
Of course, to embark on this kind of adventure, it is highly important to stay safe; so, a proper helmet, gloves and quality protective gear such as the one from Troy Lee Designs is something you definitely want to have on you.
You don’t even need many people to be on board; once you’re on that bike, with the wind in your hair and the stunning beauty around you, you just need one more person to exchange a few words with from time to time.
Bonus: 528 calories per hour and that’s only for moderate difficulty terrain.
Friendly reminder – don’t forget the importance of staying hydrated.
Good old-fashioned fun in the sun
When you’re the person whose ultimate idea of fun times involves two things – a bathing suit and the beach, there is only one thing to do – volleyball.
First, you get your dose of vitamin D (but stay safe with SPF of course).
Secondly, this again is an activity that is far more focused on the entertaining and social aspect, but you still get a great workout out of it.
Of course, there is the adrenaline that kicks in, especially if you have that competitive streak in you.
You can spice things up by placing a bet and make the losing team do something embarrassing.
Final perk – just an hour of some friendly competition will make you approximately 300 calories lighter.
Like when you were a kid
When we were kids we used to love rollerblading.
Where did that sense of child-like adventure disappear to?
Perhaps it didn’t and you just need to shake and wake up, get on those blades, take your friends by the hand and take back the streets.
There’s no need to tell you just how exhilaratingly fun this activity is, even without, but particularly with friends.
Now, the weight loss part; this may seem like a low-impact type of exercise, but it actually puts several muscle groups to work.
The abductors of your outer thigh, the adductors of your inner thigh, the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteus maximus and the gastrocnemius of your calf are all active participants.
You can tone up and bring rollerblading back in style again, and don’t forget to put on your cutest most stylish outfit so you really make an impact on the streets.
A cute crop top and those colorful leggings will definitely do the trick.
Elise is fitness girl from Colorado. She is health and fitness fanatic who adores hiking, long bicycle rides, paragliding and all sorts of extreme sports, after all she did spend hundreds of hours in the air. She loves writing about her health, adventures and experiences. You can reach Elise at email@example.com.