Monday, July 13, 2009

Burn those calories this summer!

By Courtney Westlake

Now's the time to take advantage of great weather and get outdoors to participate in fun, calorie-burning activities. Even activities you don't think of as exercise can keep you active, energized and burning calories.

"If you're used to walking or running on a certain road or path, get off road and go hiking," suggested Amanda Jillson, assistant director of fitness and instructional programs at TRAC. "Hiking burns about six calories a minute. And make sure that you wear sunscreen and bug spray because a lot of trails are in woods and off road."

A typical exercise like jogging burns about 12 calories a minute, or you can pick up a jump role and "play like you are a kid" again, Jillson said, which burns about 12.7 calories a minute.

"Another great activity is swimming," she said. "Everyone loves to get in the pool, whether you're swimming laps or just playing in the pool with your kids. Swimming laps burns 10 calories a minute and playing around in the pool burns between six and eight calories a minute. So either way, you're going to have a great calorie-burning activity."

Summertime is also a popular time for weddings, reunions or just meeting up to go out with friends. So take advantage!

"You don't have to be Lady Gaga to just dance. So go dancing with your friends, with your family or just dance around your house by yourself or with your kids!," Jillson encouraged. "Dancing burns about three to five calories a minute so it's a fun, energizing activity to do during the summer."

Additionally, if the summer heat has you trapped inside, you can always come to TRAC.

"TRAC has some great opportunities for you - we have jump ropes, an indoor track, we have cardiovascular machines and strength machines," Jillson said. "You don't have to be a member either. We have memberships available, but we also offer a multi-use pass or you can purchase a daily pass for $5, so those are great opportunities for you to come use TRAC."


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