Fun Activities that burn calories can include riding a bike, swimming, playing sports, going for a hike, motorcycle riding, and even going to an amusement park. So enjoy the outdoors while shedding those extra pounds!
Motorcycle Riding – Believe it or not…
My fun activities that burn calories include riding my 1986 1100 Yamaha Virago. It is one of my favorite things to do. When I ride, I’m stress free and relaxed. I don’t get hungry very often because the ride takes my mind off of eating.
Ride up to that state park and go for a little hike while your out. You can burn even more calories and then cool down during the ride back home.
You can actually burn up to 170 Calories per hour going for a joyful ride in the mountains or along the scenic back roads. That’s more than you burn sitting in a car. The number of calories you can burn riding depends on many things, such as the weight of your bike, how many times you have to stop and go, and how often you stop to get a snack…
Check out these videos from the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina:
Storm on the mountain…. I was on my bike during this wind storm!
This is a short video taken during one of my motorcycle trips when we ventured off on a trail:
No, you won’t burn a ton of calories riding a tour bike, but it’s fun and keeps you focused on something other than your hectic life style during the week. Motorcycle riding requires upper and lower body strength to keep the bike upright, steer it, back it up when parking, and in general just maneuvering it through different places you travel.
Go For a Hike – Burn up to 430 Calories/hour
The number of calories burned hiking depends on your body weight. In general, a 160-lb person can burn between 430 and 440 calories per hour. A 200-lb person burns approximately 550 calories per hour of hiking.
There are place to go, things to do, beautiful scenery to see, and great experiences to explore outdoors. North Carolina has several state parks such as Hanging Rock in Stokes County NC, Pilot Mountain in Mount Airy NC, and Stone Mountain in Roaring Gap NC. Those are just some of my favorite places to go. There are many others.
Hanging Rock offers picnic grounds, a lake for swimming and canoe rentals and more than 20 miles of hiking trails with beautiful views that run alongside clear streams and waterfalls. They also offer 73 campground sites.
Dan River can be accessed near Hanging Rock. Great for tubing, or riding bikes along the 8.4 miles of mountain biking trails and then there is rock climbing opportunities with permit.
While visiting, you should rent a tube and go down the Dan River…
Pilot Mountain is more than 2000 feet high and has been a landmark for centuries seen from highways for miles and miles. It offers a lot of intermediate trails, camping, climbing and spectacular scenery.
You can visit the connected 6.5 miles of trails along the Yadkin River.
The family camping grounds consist of 49 sites by the riverside. Rock climbing and rappelling are allowed on portions of the park’s steep cliffs.
Stone Mountain consist of a massive mountain topped with a large granite dome. This park offers camping, hiking, climbing, fishing, picnicking, horseback riding and more.
There are more than 18 miles of trails and 20 miles of trout waters in this park that spreads below the Blue Ridge Parkway. The campgrounds offer 90 sites, some including utility hookups.
Rock climbing is allowed by permit on the towering, 600-foot granite face of the mountain.
This park even offers large shelters for reunions and community gatherings.
Fun Activities that Burn Calories – Amusement and Water Parks
You can burn up to 900 calories in an hour just by going Swimming!
Imagine walking around an amusement part and riding rides all day how many you will burn. Those rides will speed your heart rate up causing you to burn calories faster.
Mud Run’s burn tons of calories
Join a Mud Run like the one in the video below. “Marine Corps League Mud Run”.
Burn lots of calories and have fun doing it! It’s also a charity event and they do them all over the world for different causes. So you will be helping others while your helping yourself.
Me and some friends did it!
To find mud run events near you, just click here and choose your state. It’ll show you events coming up in your state. It’ll look something like this:
Fun activities that burn calories like these mud runs can help you achieve your weight loss goals, lose unwanted calories, get in better shape, be social, and above all else it can make you feel Great for helping out the community!
During a 5 K Mud Run Obstacle Course depending on your weight; if you are 150 pounds and the obstacle course is about 60 minutes long you can burn up to 552 calories! Click on this link, choose your exercise and enter your weight and how many minutes to see how many you can burn. Type in “Running, race/event” in the exercise box for “Mud Run even”.
Sports – Why not Soccer? Burn up to 700 Calories/hour
Be social and join a soccer team! Playing soccer can be one of those fun activities that burn calories. You can burn tons of calories, (up to 700/hour) and have a blast doing it! Almost every muscle group is used when playing soccer.
Depending on the position you play on the field plays a role in how many calories you will burn. The goalkeeper will burn calories at a lower rate because of the constraints of his position. Midfielders, are apt to burn a higher number of calories because of the amount of field they cover.
According to Harvard Health Publications and LiveStrong, people who weigh 155 and 185 pounds burn about 260 and 311 calories during a 30-minute session of playing soccer.
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I hope this post helped give you some ideas of fun things to do while still burning calories. Exercise doesn’t always have to be in doors. Bring it outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. Enjoy nature, hobbies, sports, and charity events while you still can. All of those are important aspects of a long and healthy life.
It’s not all about fitness and diet, although I have this great post you may be interested in for “Super Foods that Burn Fat“, for after you’ve had your fun for the day.
Play hard, live life, be healthy, and enjoy life! Please leave any comments you have below. If you want to share some Fun Activities That Burn Calories I’d love to hear about it!
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