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The gym isn’t the only place to get a good calorie burning workout. From land to water, here are some summertime activities that will melt away the calories.


Below are a dozen fun activities, from waterskiing and golfing to gardening and mowing the lawn, that provide a great workout without being stuck inside. You may be surprised to learn just how many calories these summertime activities burn!

All calories burned are based on a 140-pound woman performing the activity for one hour, according to estimates calculated by

In the Water

  • Snorkeling = 318 calories
  • Kayaking = 318 calories
  • Waterskiing = 382 calories


Around the House

  • Mowing the Lawn = 350 calories
  • Gardening = 255 calories
  • Washing the Car = 286 calories


In the Great Outdoors

  • Golfing (with cart) = 223 calories
  • Golfing (without cart) = 286 calories
  • Playing Tennis = 445 calories
  • Biking for Fun = 509 calories
  • Horseback Riding = 255 calories
  • Rollerblading = 764 calories
  • Dancing = 414 calories


Of course, we’re not saying that you should totally skip your regular workout routines. However, we can all agree that it’s nice to mix it up once in a while. What better way to exercise than enjoying fun summer activities. 

Information was obtained from the article “Slim for Summer: Sneaky Ways to Burn Calories.” Read it here.