By Jessie Knadler for Prevention.com
Maybe it’s the sweat factor, but some women assume that a summertime stroll qualifies as a workout. No question, walking is a fitness fundamental, especially during the workweek. But why not try more invigorating and challenging fun workouts on the weekend?
Outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and inline skating allow you to reap up to six times more fat-blasting, body-shaping benefits than cruising around the neighborhood on foot. And you don’t have to be a hard-core athlete or fitness freak to get the most out of the five we’re suggesting. Top off your normal weekday exercise routine with one of these exhilarating weekend activities to get fit and firm–fast!
Weekend 1: Kayaking
Calories Burned: 340 per hour
Body Benefits: A sculpted upper body. “Pulling the paddle against the water is great resistance,” says 29-year-old Michelle Christensen of Baltimore, who spends summer weekends kayaking around the Chesapeake Bay. “You target your shoulders, triceps, biceps, back, and core.”
Weekend Benefits: It’s like meditating on water, says Rhett Pruitt, a 34-year-old raft guide and recreational kayaker in Long Creek, SC. She opts for tranquil sea kayaking over exhilarating white water when she’s craving peace and quiet. “Sea kayaking is not intimidating,” she says. “You’re just inches above the water–the perfect vantage point for taking in the abundant wildlife and sea life that you would never see otherwise.”
Word to the Wise: Beginners should use an open kayak–or take a lesson to learn how to escape the kayak first.
Your Destination: For breathtaking scenery, consider a trip to Acadia National Park in Maine. To find local instructors, go to Kayak Online.
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