Water sports are super fun, but did you know that you can also torch a ton of calories while you’re enjoying yourself. In my book, it doesn’t get much better than that! If you happen to be tracking your calories burned, I’ll go ahead and share the possibilities for seven of the most popular water sports around. So get ready to feel even better about skipping work and heading to the lake. The calculations are based on a 150-pound woman, so you may burn more or less depending on your own weight. The bottom line here is that you can still burn a lot of calories!
Ok, you’re not going to burn many calories lounging on a yacht drinking cocktails, but if you rent one of those super cool paddleboats you can burn nearly 300 calories in just one hour. Many lakes have paddleboats available and you simply pedal them to move them around on the water. It’s not vigorous work and is actually sort of relaxing once you get the rhythm going, but it’s one of the most enjoyable water sports around. It’s fun for kids, but gives parents a workout at the same time.
Kayaking is gaining in popularity, so you can easily find rivers that offer the equipment and the ride. The great news is that you’ll be having so much fun it won’t even matter that you’re also burning about 350 calories after just one hour on the water. What could be better than having fun and getting fit at the same time? Nothing, I tell you. Nothing.
3 Water Aerobics
It’s not just for the 1980s. Aerobics are a really great way to burn calories and activate all the muscles in your body at the same time. But doing them in the water makes it even more fun and the resistance the water offers gives you a ramped up workout you’ll love. After just one hour of water aerobics you’ll blast away almost 300 calories. And you’ll be in the water, so you might not even break a sweat.
While we’re on the subject of the pool, it wouldn’t be a complete list if I didn’t mention swimming. I love to go swimming. The feeling of moving around in the water is wonderful, but it’s also a great form of exercise. Swimming at a moderate pace for one hour burns more than 400 calories. Ramp up your speed and you can burn even more!
5 Water Skiing
I have to admit that I’m not very good at water skiing. However, my limited experience made it well known that it’s also a pretty good cardio workout. And my sore muscles the next day proves that water skiing is also good for your muscles. Spend an hour on your skis and you’ll be down more than 400 calories when you get back on the boat!
Canoeing involves a lot of back and forth with the paddle. It can be hard work, but it pays off because a one-hour canoe trip burns more than 300 calories. And that’s a slow two mile per hour pace. If you row faster, you can double your calorie burn. Canoeing is a fun way to spend an afternoon and many cities with rivers offer trips that supply the gear and a guide.
If you happen to be at the ocean and want to get in a workout while also enjoying the nature underneath, look no further than snorkeling. It’s really fun and you can see all kinds of plants and animals you don’t see anywhere else. And to top it all off, you can burn nearly 400 calories per hour while you’re at it.
What’s your favorite water sport? Do you think the mega calorie burn of these will inspire you to give them a try?