Fun Outdoor Exercise Options

By Lynn Bode, CFT

Temperatures outside are rising. Shorts and bathing suits are coming out of winter storage. That can mean only one thing - summer has finally arrived!

Summer brings with it many wonderful things: long hours of daylight, warm temperatures, and the opportunity to finally spend time enjoying the outdoors. But it also can include busy schedules and limitations on your fitness routines.

If you are someone who regularly works out at a fitness club or exercises in your home, you may find it more difficult to keep up your activity level during the summer months. And who can blame you? Exercising indoors can be less than motivating when you prefer to spend time outside.

To help avoid completely abandoning your fitness routine, try adding some outdoor activities that you enjoy while also enjoying the calorie burning benefits and overall fitness benefits.

Following is a list of some fun activities you can try out as a beginner or improve your skills on if you are already familiar with them.


  • Advantages: You get to stay cool while being active. Even beginners who can't "officially" swim strokes, can perform water activities that keep them fit.

  • Calorie Burning Potential: A 150 pound person can burn 360 calories in 30 minutes!

  • Tips: If you don't know how to swim, consider enrolling in an adult swim class at one of your local pools or instead try out some alternative water workouts that don't require swimming skills. Visit: for some suggestions.

In-line Skating

  • Advantages: Inexpensive to get started. All you need is a smooth, safe path to skate on. That means you can try out some new scenery practically every time you put them on, which will help keep things more fun and motivating.

  • Calorie Burning Potential: A 150 pound person can burn 563 calories in 30 minutes!

  • Tips: Be sure to get all the necessary safety gear (e.g. wrist pads, knee pads, etc.). You also might want to purchase some sport specific socks to help avoid blisters that can especially occur with a new pair of blades. Consider borrowing or renting a pair of in-line skates to first get a feel for them, help determine your right size and ensure you really will enjoy this activity before you purchase your own skates.

Ultimate Frisbee

  • Advantages: Great no-contact sport. Burn calories and stay fit while having fun with others. It allows you to use some of your competitive juices and also offers the added benefit of meeting new people.

  • Calorie Burning Potential: A 150 pound person can burn 360 calories in 30 minutes!

  • Tips: Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact team sport that mixes features of soccer, basketball, and football. The rules are simple for beginners to quickly learn it. To find a team near you, try this link:


  • Advantages: All you need is a bike. You can cycle most anywhere. It is an appropriate activity for beginners and you can continually advance with your workout. It's a low impact workout.

  • Calorie Burning Potential: A 150 pound person can burn 380 calories in 30 minutes!

  • Tips: For extra motivation to keep you interested in sticking with the workouts, try signing up for a friendly race. For example, there are Century races that provide a real challenge. Training for them all summer long is a great way to stay in shape.

Water Skiing

  • Advantages: Enjoy lake fun while also burning a lot of calories, and building upper and lower body strength.

  • Calorie Burning Potential: A 150 pound person can burn 270 calories in 30 minutes!

Lynn Bode is a certified personal trainer specializing in Internet-based fitness programs. She founded Workouts For You, which provides affordable online exercise programs that are custom designed for each individual. Visit: for a free sample workout. Fitness professionals take your business online, visit:



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