Getting into summer shape is a walk in the park

If you’re like me, you’re still trying to muster the courage to try on that darn swimsuit from last summer. Fortunately, this time of year is perfect for getting outside and burning off pounds you picked up over the winter — helping you feel much more comfortable with revealing more of yourself in the light of day.

Now is not an easy time to go inside and jog on a treadmill or hit the weights. But this is the perfect time of year to enjoy activities with friends and family members in the great outdoors. What to do? You can get plenty of exercise in the summer to really make a difference without going to the gym. The key is just getting started. And you can do things that don’t hurt or cause you to drip with sweat.

Walking is a great activity for your body. And it’s a lot more fun if you actually go somewhere when you walk. Choose interesting destinations; explore the city or your neighborhood with a friend. And you’ll burn calories along the way. For example, a walk on the Monon Trail from the parking lot in Nora south to Broad Ripple is about 3.3 miles. If you walk at the speed of a 17-minute mile on this trip, you’ll burn 200 calories. If you walk back to Nora you’ll burn another 200. Most people burn 230 calories per hour when they walk. So, staying in shape can be as simple as taking good walks after meals.

Here are some other fun calorie-burning activities perfect for the summer (these are based on a 150-pound person):

  • Using a paddle boat rented at the canal: 270 calories per hour
  • Mowing the lawn with a walk mower: 374 calories per hour
  • Digging in garden: 270-340 calories per hour
  • Cleaning windows or washing your car: 204 calories per hour
  • Fishing from land or dock (standing): 238 calories per hour
  • Paddling a canoe rented at Eagle Creek Park: 238 calories per hour

One of the best ways to burn calories in warm weather is swimming. Even when you are just playing around in the pool, you burn more than 400 calories an hour. That’s why you’re always so hungry when you get done swimming.

For more information on developing a fitness regimen for your lifestyle, please contact Fitness Expert, Adirenne D’Angelo at (317) 415-8041.

Now’s the time to stop worrying and look at summer as a great opportunity to feel better, spend time with your friends and family and get into shape. Trust me, it will all go swimmingly.

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