10 Summer Sports That Help Torch Serious Calories


With summer ending, you may be feeling a little bummed about the return to school or work. 

Summer has been great! 

To help get you in the mood for back-to-school shopping, we’ve compiled a list of 10 summer sports that can turn your body into a calorie-burning machine and give you some extra motivation to hit the gym. 

  1. Dance, Dance, Dance

Dancing is fun and not just for kids! Whether it’s on the dance floor or in your living room with friends and family, dancing is a great way to burn calories while getting your groove on. 

  1. Water Sports

Can’t tell if this is a real sport? It counts as exercise! Whether you’re swimming laps, riding a jet ski or boogie boarding, water sports can burn calories while you have fun. Water polo, for example, burns 600 calories an hour! 

  1. Running/Walking on the Beach

Running and walking on soft sand can give you a calorie-burning workout without putting undue stress on your joints or feet. Bonus: You get to enjoy the sun and waves!

  1. Soccer/Footbag

Burning around 450 calories in 30 minutes of gameplay, soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world and can be played almost anywhere with no equipment necessary. Footbag combines kicking with juggling skills, making it fun for people of all ages. 

  1. Roller Derby

Roller derby is a fast-paced and exciting sport that can burn 400 calories in 30 minutes. Note: It’s not for the faint of heart

  1. Roller Skating/Skateboarding

These two wheels are great ways to keep your body moving when biking, jogging or running just won’t do. Roller skating has long been one of our favorite summer activities, so we’ll just leave you with this fun fact: A 100-lb person burns about 375 calories an hour on wheels. 

  1. Scuba diving

Scuba diving uses more muscles than most people realize, giving it an effective calorie burn rate of 600 calories per hour! (We don’t recommend holding your breath while skimming these summer sports.)

  1. Frisbee Golf

Frisbee golf lets you combine two popular summer activities: walking and throwing objects. It’s also a great excuse to run around in the sun! 

  1. Lacrosse

The fastest growing sport in America, lacrosse burns about 537 calories an hour for men and 431 calories for women. Play indoors or outdoors—either way, it keeps you moving!

  1. Hiking/Climbing/Mountaineering

Whether you’re taking on a local mountain trail or going international with mountaineering (climbing big mountains), rock-climbing is the ultimate calorie burner, burning between 1,000 to 2,000 per hour depending on your speed and difficulty.

Which among these do you think you would try? 🙂


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