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With summer rapidly approaching, many individuals are going to be diving head first into aggressive fat loss programs, attempting to get their body in top shape for the coming warmer months. They'll begin hitting the gym on a daily basis - only skipping a session if they plan to make it up later on during the week.
The 'summer cut' is a big deal for most people who want to spend a fair amount of time at the beach and attract eyes in the process.
You must not forget about the many summer outdoor activities that you can do however to further your fat loss goals. Don't be so quick to think you need to lock yourself away in the gym in order to get results. It's perfectly possible to achieve a good level of fat loss all by participating in regular physical activities that don't involve a treadmill, elliptical, or bike.
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The 'Summer Cut' Is A Big Deal For Most People
Who Want To Spend A Fair Amount Of Time At The Beach.
Keeping up your weight program at least twice a week with a full body program is likely a smart option since even though the following are good activities, they aren't going to provide the same type of stimulus as weight training does.
Apart from that, leave the cardio time to winter and get out and enjoy some of the following instead. They'll have you burning calories, increasing your muscular strength, and possibly prove to be quite stress-busting as well.
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- Beach volleyball is a terrific way to get a full body workout, especially targeting the quads, calves, abdominal core, and shoulder muscles. If you play with a vigorous enough effort, you're also going to get a good cardiovascular workout, increasing the amount of calories you burn with the session.
Per hour of beach volleyball play time, you'll burn approximately 500 calories, making it almost equal to that of running on a treadmill for the same length of time.
- Getting out on the water and attempting your hand at waterskiing is also a great way to stay in shape this summer while having a good time while you're at it.
Depending on your skill level, water skiing will be another full body workout as you really zero in on the entire lower body and core muscles.
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- Since you are not going to be all that stable while out on the water, this fact alone will really cause the abdominal muscles to get called into play. If you have the goal of getting a six pack this summer, it's a good activity to spend some time doing.
- To zero in on the glute muscles throughout your workouts, focus on doing some mountain hiking on your next camping trip. You can go hiking in a less hilly area, but it's the incline that's really going to get those leg muscles working.
A fast paced hike can have you burning almost as many calories as you would if you were jogging, making it a great fat blasting and muscle defining option.
- If you're someone who enjoys biking as a form of cardio in the gym, now you may want to look into one of the cross country biking trips around your area. Training for one of these is a great way to get you outside more and provide a solid source of motivation to make it to each one of your training sessions.
The feeling of accomplishment you're going to get from finishing an endurance race is something that will really boost your self-efficacy and carry over to your belief in yourself to complete other workout-related goals in the long term. Plus, most people report the entire atmosphere of these types of events to be incredibly enjoyable, often making great friends in the process.
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Biking Is A Great Way To Get You Outside
More And Provide A Solid Source Of Motivation.
- Looking for an increase the appearance of your backside? If so, rollerblading should be your choice of activity. If you lower your body to the ground slightly (bending the knees to between 90 and 120 degrees), you'll be hitting the glutes, quads, and inner thighs, tightening and lifting these muscles while you continue to torch body fat.
When done at an intense pace, rollerblading is also a great calorie burner, coming in at about 450 calories per hour. Just be sure you are increasing the total time you're going gradually so you don't begin to suffer from knee pain.
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- Okay, most people would not classify ' golf' as exercise, especially if you're the type to cranking out intense workouts in the gym on a regular basis. Even though golf is a much lower intensity level activity, do not underestimate the total calorie burn you'll get from an afternoon out on the course.
It's not difficult to wrack up a calorie burn of between 600 and 1000 calories during an afternoon of golfing, which does hold a significant impact on your fat loss progress. This is of course assuming that you leave the golf cart behind.
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Don't Underestimate The Total Calorie Burn
You'll Get From An Afternoon Out On The Course.
- Finally, if you're someone who just cannot do without your morning runs, move them out to the beach as often as possible. Jogging on sand is going to really up your calorie burn due to the fact you're no longer on a stable surface.
This will also act to strengthen all the muscles that are surrounding the ankles and shins, so don't be surprised if you do feel a bit of soreness the next day. It is important that you are sure you're wearing very supportive footwear, as otherwise you may wind up with a sprained ankle.
By trying to increase your participation in these exercises this summer, you can effectively increase the rate at which you lose body fat - or prevent body fat from being gained if you also plan to take part in many of the summertime foods that are slightly higher in calorie content.