As we shake off the last of the winter gloom and slip fast from spring to summer, take the time to appreciate the longer days and temperate weather. Also, start thinking about the activities with which you’ll fill all those hours of sunlight.
The wonderful thing about summer is that you don’t have to hole up in the gym to get a solid workout. And it's also not just about running and cycling—you can grab your buddies, pile in your car, and head to the ocean (or lake) for a day’s worth of fat-burning fun. This infographic from NowSourcing, an infographic design agency, and Backyard Ocean details how many calories a 150-lb man can burn in 60 minutes, plus the health and fitness benefits unique to each water sport.
Swimming, for instance, burns 714 calories, lowers cholesterol, and works both your upper and lower bodies. Did you know water jogging burns 476 calories? Or that water polo torches 660? Read on to find out how other water sports like surfing and kayaking stack up—you may be surprised.
Jump feet-first into summer. Your muscles will thank you.
Calorie counts are for a 150-lb man exercising for 60 minutes. Data and exercise facts courtesy NowSourcing and Backyard Ocean.
- Build/keep muscle
- Lower cholesterol
- Work upper and lower parts of your body
- Can be cardiovascular depending upon length of time
- Low impact on joints
Calories burned: 714
- Total-body sport
- Uses all major muscles
- Especially strengthens legs and core
Calories burned: 660
- Works upper back/shoulders when paddling
- Works lower body, core, and shouldrts when riding waves
- The harder the waves, the more you burn
- Your muscles contract to maintain balance with every wave
Calories burned: 360
- Works biceps, triceps, shoulders, and upper back
- Works core with each paddle stroke
- Works legs as you maintain balance
Calories burned: 340
- Works lower and upper body
- Works core for maintaining balance
- Builds arm muscles
- Legs and core muscles are constantly activated
Calories burned: 396
- Start in waist-deep water
- Works lower and upper bodies
- Water resistance strengthens muscles
- Tightened abdominal muscles strengthen core and maintain balances
- Hand webs increase resistance to build arms strength
Calories burned: 204