It’s summer in Vancouver once again! Waking up in the morning is actually a pleasurable and energizing experience, especially if you look out your window and see the sun shining! It automatically puts a smile on your face and tempt you to head outdoors and enjoy your day in the fresh air instead of inside a stuffy house wasting time in front of the television or computer.
The ocean and mountain scenery in Vancouver is astonishing and the temperature is perfect, almost any activity including exercise seems more fun and enjoyable. Here are worthwhile pastimes that can help you get fit, burn calories and enjoy the outdoors this summer!
Rollerblading: 844 calories* per hour
Rollerblading is a favorite activity of many Vancouverites especially along the seawall. Inline skating is not only an aerobic activity, but it strengthens your thighs, your calves and your buttocks, and even your abs get in on the fun as you have to contract them to keep your balance properly. Throw on some shorts, grab your iPod, and skate your way to a trim, toned body.
Beach Volleyball: 563 calories* per hour
Instead of lying on your towel and getting burnt, you can play beach volleyball with your friends. Granted, it can be a bit sweaty during the heat of the day, but sometimes the competitiveness and the camaraderie of playing the sport can make people forget that they are working out. With a bit of volleyball you’ll get fitter and develop a nicer whole body tan.
Tennis: 493 calories* per hour
Even if you’re not a pro, tennis is a fun sport for people of all ability levels. Whether you play with a friend, or significant other, you’ll burn almost 500 calories per hour.
Swimming: 422 calories* per hour
Whether you’re swimming leisurely or in laps, swimming requires the entire body’s participation, making it a “must-do” activity in the summer. It will tone and build muscle to the entire body that will burn excess calories and fat. Other beneficial properties include the strengthening of the heart and lungs, providing vast amounts of fresh oxygen to the brain, as needed for daily health.
Hiking the Trails: 422 calories* per hour
Spending time in the great outdoors is good for the mind, body, and soul. Hiking is a great way to enjoy nature in all of its natural beauty. The uneven terrain and inclines you encounter on the trail force your body to work harder than walking on a flat surface. As you connect with nature, you invite restoration of your body, soul and spirit that you would probably not be able to in any other environment.
Nobody particularly enjoys going for a bike ride when it’s raining and windy, but when the sun is beaming down you can go out for the day with friends and family and have fun at the same time as getting fitter. A great low-impact alternative to walking, biking is a great way to return to the outdoors this summer. Whether you bike for transportation (to work or while running errands) or fun, you’ll burn 270 calories per hour (at a 10 mph pace) and strengthen your legs and lungs at the same time! Don’t forget to make sure to follow the rules of the road and take safety precautions such as wearing a helmet.
Kayaking: 352 calories* per hour
Some of the best water workouts take place without even getting in the water. That’s not to say you won’t get wet, though. Paddling takes tremendous upper body strength that works muscles in your arms and shoulders. You’ll feel the burn when you get home, but while you’re on the water you’ll be focused on the scenery and the sunshine.
* Calorie burn based on a person weighing 150 pounds.
Find the article at the Vancouver View Magazine July/August issue www.viewmagazine.ca