Summertime offers you an opportunity to spend more time outdoors, and there aren’t many places better to be than in the water during these hot months.
The water also gives you a chance to burn calories by performing a lot of very fun activities. Check out these 4 water workouts so you can stay fit or get fit this summer.
*Calorie counts vary based on an exerciser’s weight and the intensity level of the exercise. Take the calorie counts mentioned below as approximations.
Canoeing or Kayaking: 350-400 calories per hour
Canoeing and kayaking are both activities in which more than one person can participate. In order to move the boat, you will need to use a paddle, and this action gives you the workout that you seek.
You can make both a daring experience by engaging in whitewater canoeing or kayaking, but be prepared and always take safety precautions. Those who prefer a subtle time on the water can take their canoes onto a mild lake. By traveling two miles per hour, you can burn 350 calories every 60 minutes canoeing (or 400 calories every 60 minutes kayaking).
Swimming Laps: 400-900 calories per hour
If you have a swimming pool, you have what you need to help maintain your body weight. With so many different strokes to perform and perfect — including the butterfly, the backstroke, freestyle and the breaststroke — swimming is an activity that rarely gets boring.
Check out this list of swimming activities and the amount of calories you can burn by doing each activity (up to 900 with the butterfly stroke!).
Stand Up Paddle Boarding: 250-700 calories per hour
It’s not surprising to learn that surfers began paddle boarding in Hawaii because people travel from many miles away just to enjoy the surf.
Paddle boarding requires that you stand on a board and use a paddle to travel across the water. Hopefully you’ll come in contact with some great waves so you can surf your way back to shore. However, if you don’t think that you can handle riding even the smallest waves, you can obtain the exercise that you need by just standing on the board and paddling in calm waters. Estimates on how many calories you burn while stand up paddle boarding vary greatly. Of course, the harder you work, the more calories you’ll burn.
Scuba Diving: 300-600 calories per hour
One of the most advantageous ways to burn calories in the water is by scuba diving.
While it requires you wear specialized scuba gear that includes fins for your feet and a breathing device, scuba diving allows you the relative freedom to explore what can be found near the ocean floor. According to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), an average shore dive can burn some 600 calories per hour while a warm-water boat dive can burn some 300 calories per hour.