Cool Water-based Workouts

Summer can turn most fun activities into enjoyable workouts. Blue skies, fresh air and sun can be motivation enough to step out the door, but these outdoor favorites will also burn calories while you soak up vitamin D.

Swimming in a pool, lake or ocean is perfect for people who hate to sweat. Swimming is a full-body workout that is an excellent option for low-impact cardio that is easy on the joints. Calories burned depends on the stroke, speed and duration.

Water Aerobics is a good choice for those with joint problems, chronic pain and when recovering from injury. It’s good for the heart and can be very good for weight loss. For a higher intensity, do more repetitions and move faster during the workout.

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) improves balance, tone and definition. The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it. On average, recreational paddling on calm water with light winds, burns 330-460 calories per hour.

Kayaking focuses on upper body and feels way more relaxed than your average workout. This classic activity strengthens your core in the center of nature while gliding over the water. Pick up the pace and burn 400-500 calories an hour.

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”   Rabindranath Tagore