Cardio workouts are the most effective in burning calories, along with increasing one’s stamina. But then, a lot of people just lose interest in these workouts because of the lack of ‘fun’ elements, which are present in outdoor sports and other activities. Outdoor workouts, especially in the form of team sports, are both intense and fun. Here’s a list of some activities that will help you shed those unwanted pounds.
Swimmers have one of the best physiques. This is because swimming targets both the upper and lower body. It also improves cardiovascular fitness. The beauty of swimming is that even after a long swim, you won’t feel dead tired, as the water cools you down. It also improves your balance and coordination.
Calories burned per hour: 600-800
Hit. Run. Smash. Jump. All these activities must be done simultaneously in Tennis. It develops both our strength and stamina. The game is just as exciting to play, as it is to watch. The game also requires presence of mind to confuse your opponent. Tennis players usually have muscular arms and legs, along with unparalleled stamina.
Calories burned per hour: 600-900
A sport that requires you to move around constantly and makes you alternate between jog and sprint while using your hip and leg muscles to control the ball, this sport is sure to help you with fat loss, while strengthening your quads. There’s a risk of injury, so make sure that you stretch before you step into the ground. Go ahead and enjoy ‘the beautiful game’.
Calories burned per hour: 900-1400
- Martial Arts
Karate, Kung Fu, Judo or Taekwondo-Or any other Martial Art, requires you to use all your muscles. Quick movements, utmost concentration and presence of mind are all essential elements of Martial Arts training. It is not necessary to become a professional fighter. In fact, the purpose of most martial arts is self defence. You will feel stronger, agile and more confident as you cross various levels in training.
Calories burned per hour: 800-1100
Running has both physical and mental benefits. Physically, all your muscles are worked upon. Your quads are the largest muscle group in your body, and running helps develop these muscles and aids fat loss at the same time. Your stamina also increases. Once you start running, after a while you will be amazed at your transformation.
The changing landscape, observing your surroundings, and fresh air help to relieve stress and improve your mood. But since running places pressure on joints and requires stamina, make sure you wear good running shoes and carry a bottle of water. Listening to music while running makes it more interesting.
Calories burned per hour: 1000-1500
Working out isn’t boring after all, right? Let us know about your fat burning activities in comments!
Remember, all these activities would help only if you get adequate sleep.