You know that low-impact workouts put less stress on the body, especially your joints. But can they keep you fit? The answer is a resounding yes. And with nicer spring weather, some of your favorite outdoor activities (that you may be doing anyway) could actually supplement your gym workouts. Of course you get out of anything what you put in, but check out this list. You may already be well on your way to better health.
Walking Your Dog
Commit to walking your dog at a brisk pace for just 15 minutes (four miles per hour) and you’ll burn approximately 74 calories (for a 150-lb person). A walk works the hamstrings, glutes, and lower leg while engaging your abs and shoulders in your natural swing. Consider wrist or ankle weights to give your walk an extra boost.
Good News, Golfers
Many people think of golf as more leisure than activity, but it can offer a total body workout. The swing works muscles in the upper and lower body, in particular the obliques. The arms, abs and legs all contribute. If you skip the golf cart and carry your clubs you’ll burn about 352 calories per hour (more or less, depending on body weight).
Take a Hike
A natural outdoor activity when the temperatures start to rise, hiking gets you burning calories while building muscle. A155-pound person will burn approximately 420 calories in an hour of hiking. Your metabolism also increases, and your post workout calorie burn lasts an average of 14.2 hours. It’s good for the core while emphasizing the quadriceps and hamstrings.
Kayaking and Canoeing
While boating is a great way to stay cool in the warm spring and summer months, it also burns crazy calories and tones your upper body. The constant rowing motion works your arms and shoulders, as well as your core. An average person can burn about 340 calories per hour. If the heat gets to be too much in the summer months, use an indoor rower to get the same benefits.
This spring and summer, the best thing you can do to keep in shape is to commit to a healthy and active lifestyle. When thinking about activities with friends or family, consider a long walk through your neighborhood instead of a big family-style dinner. If you want to have a picnic, do it at the top of the hill and carry all of your supplies up. Remember, low impact workouts are still workouts!
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