The number one exercise that gives lots of summer pleasure has got to be swimming. So refreshing on a hot summer day, a dive in the pool can cool you down and wash away all your stress. Swimming works all your major muscle groups without putting any stress on your joints. An important benefit for anyone who has knee or back problems.
Depending on your weight, one hour of swimming can burn anywhere from 600 to a whopping 1000 calories. Of course, most people don’t swim consistently for an hour, but there are other fun activities that you can do in the pool.
Playing pool volleyball, having relay race laps or just doing kicks on the side of the pool can help you burn calories and work those muscles. An activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family, swimming and water sports are great for helping you to shape up for the summer. Find an indoor pool at a gym near you so you can stay fit all year.
A day of active swimming means a peaceful night of sleep. Whether swimming in a pool, lake or beach, a full day of water fun helps me sleep like a baby. Swimming provides a great benefit for your cardiovascular and respiratory systems and improves your coordination and flexibility.
Long walks on the beach will burn calories and help you to unwind after a long week. Enjoy the ocean breezes as you treasure hunt along the shore but don’t stroll too slowly. Walk as fast as you can in one direction and slow down on your trip back to search for seashells, shark’s teeth or colorful sea glass.
Water skiing and jet skiing are excellent water sports that burn lots of calories. Both require balance and engage the core muscles while working the glutes, quads and hamstrings as well as your upper body. You’ll build your arms quickly with these fun activities.
The long days of summer offer more daylight for evening activities, like tennis. Playing tennis can burn 600 to 800 calories per hour. You get a complete body workout, with this cardio activity that works your major muscle groups and improves cardio and respiratory functions. Tennis increases stamina, coordination and keeps your body flexible. It’s a great game that can keep you fit all year.