Summer is upon us, and that means it's a great time to enjoy beautiful weather, get active, and spend time with your family.
These fun activities allow you to do all three at the same time without breaking the bank. You'll be surprised at the great exercise you can get doing activities the whole family can enjoy!
Grab your favorite pair of roller blades and hit the road for a fun activity in which the whole family can participate. Burn up to 300 calories in an hour zooming around the neighborhood.
You can go for long, relaxing roller-strolls, or, once you get really good, challenge a partner to a race!
2. Walking the Dog
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Who knew that taking your pooch for a walk can blast up to 200 calories an hour? And if you've got an eager pup who yanks on the leash and prefers a jog to a run you can burn even more!
Bring the kids for a sunset walk around the block to get everyone up and moving.
3. Kickball Tournament
Get in touch with your competitive side: split up the teams, assign an umpire, and play ball! An hour of kickball can burn up to 430 calories.
Make the game even more fun and active: losing team has to do jumping jacks!
4. Hula Hooping
This is a fun activity for all ages. Not only can you play various hula hooping games, but you'll burn 500 calories in an hour. Not bad for a colorful, $10 piece of plastic.
See who can keep the hoop up the longest, and time it so everyone can break each other's records!
5. Head to the Playground
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When was the last time mom and dad swung from the monkey bars or hopped on a swing? Get the whole family together for a trip to your local park or playground for a few hours of fun.
You can burn up to 300 calories in an hour simply playing around!
Head out to the lake or beach for a kayaking excursion with the whole family. Kayaking is a ton of fun, and you can burn up to 350 calories per hour paddling against the waves!
Whether its in the pool, at the park, or in the sand, volleyball is a great summer sport for people of all ages. You can join a league, or just play occasionally for fun.
Either way, when you bump, set, and spike, you're burning about 500 calories an hour!
8. Jumping Rope
Jumping rope is a classic favorite among kids and adults alike. You can jump rope on the playground, in the gym, alone, or with a friend! If you're looking for a real challenge, get the kids together and double dutch in the driveway!
Burn up to 600 calories in an hour with this fun activity.
9. Playing Frisbee
You can play with your friends, kids, or even your dog! Frisbee is a great way to get active outside, and you can burn up to 125 calories an hour tossing the disc around.
Who knew your all-time favorite summer activity could give you such a good workout! Cool off in the hot summer sun and take a dip in an ice cold pool, lake or ocean.
Splash around with the kids or swim laps for a great workout to burn up to 400 calories per hour!
No matter what you choose to do, make the most of this summer by getting together, getting outside, and getting active!