The weather in New York is finally beautiful! The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the great outdoors are calling your name. If we're honest, going to the gym sounds even more like a chore during these summer months than it did during the winter months. We're not telling you to ditch the gym. After all, weight training can't really be replaced by any other workout. However, there may be more exciting outdoor options for you to get your daily dose of cardio. We've compiled a list of the 7 best activities that can turn your necessary cardio workout into a new summer hobby.
Kayaking is a great complement to your weight training routine as it supports both conditioning and improving your cardiovascular capacity. Paddling in a kayak ensures you get a great upper body workout. During a kayaking session, you'll engage your back, biceps, triceps, chest, and core. Do you want to make it even more challenging? Try doing distance sprints and intervals! Average Calories Burned in Hour: About 300.
Have you ever noticed that most male and female surfers have great bodies? What is it about surfing and body boarding that keeps them all in great shape? It's a combination of intense cardio combined with the multiple muscle groups being worked out during a surfing session. For starters, paddling works out your upper body. Next, getting on the board requires you to use most of your leg muscles. Lastly, staying on the board requires you to use all your abdominal muscles and fully engage your core to help stabilize your body. While you don't burn a lot of calories per hour (about 195), you are getting a great workout while enjoying the wonders only the ocean can provide.
If you are looking for an activity you can do with friends, beach volleyball is a great option. Anyone who has played volleyball on sand knows it's much harder than playing on the flat ground. Thus, your body burns many more calories on a beach. Beach volleyball works out your upper body when you have to strike the ball, and your legs while you constantly run and jump. On average, an hour of beach volleyball burns 500 calories, and it's much more exciting than using the StairMaster. Just try not to break anyone's nose with a vicious spike!
High-Intensity Interval Training is the best way to make the most out of your exercise time. HIIT's purpose is to burn the optimal amount of calories in the least amount of time. By having small periods of rest mixed with maximal effort, your body reacts better than it does with a traditional workout. Our suggestion? Take HIIT Training Session to the park, and enjoy the breeze, the trees, and the sunshine. Not sure what you're doing? Try one of our $45 sessions with a personal trainer. We guarantee you will break a sweat!
In-line skating or Rollerblading
Instead of going for a run, consider in-line skating or rollerblading. The intensity of a hard run is there, but the strain on your joints and muscles is not. An hour of rollerblading can burn over 600 calories! Skating can help sculpt your glutes, improve your inner thighs (famous "thigh gap"), tone up your legs and improve your mental focus. There are many places in New York City where you can skate. Try the Central Park 6 mile track or find a location close to you here
Is spinning class starting to get expensive? Maybe it's time to trade them in for a real outdoor cycling experience. Work out your legs, improve endurance and get a full cardio workout by cycling this summer. You can burn around 500 calories per hour cycling. Best of all, you get to enjoy the summer weather and the beautiful sights New York City has in store for you. Even if you don't want to commit to an hour of biking around the city, just hop on a Citi Bike™ and run your errands. Kill two birds with one stone by exercising and accomplishing your daily tasks.
Swimming may just be the perfect exercise. It's low impact, so swimming is gentle on your joints while still engaging your upper and lower body muscles. It can even count as a cardiovascular activity if you are challenging yourself by timing your workout. You burn about 250 calories in 30 minutes of laps.