Maintaining a healthy weight is essential for parents and children alike. It reduces the risk of disease, increases agility and ease of movement and boosts self-confidence.
Going to a gym or sticking to a regular workout is an excellent way to maintain weight, but a lot of adults find working out to be boring. It can also be hard to keep children to a regular workout routine. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun activities that can be done to maintain a healthy weight, and many of these can be done right in your backyard.
Read on to find out about some activities that are recommended.
- I have participated in these activities with family and friends.
- These activities are great for weight loss.
- These activities are safe and fun.
Table of Contents
- Gardening and Lawn Work
- Swimming and Water Activities
- Play with your Dog
- Scavenger Hunt
- Play Ball
Frisbee may seem like a pretty basic game, but after tossing the disc back and forth for some time and running after it, you’ll find that you will really start to work up a hunger. In fact, a game of Frisbee can help you burn 200 calories in an hour.
If you really want to amp it up, try Ultimate Frisbee. The game is similar to football with each team defending its end zone and aiming to catch the Frisbee in the opposite team’s end zone to score a goal. Playing the game results in a whopping 550 calorie burn per hour.
Horseshoes is another lawn game that seems pretty low key, but considering the way you move your body to get the horseshoe around the peg and all the walking you will be doing to retrieve the horseshoe, the calorie burn can really add up. This is another activity that can help you burn 200 calories an hour.
Croquet is a game that has several unique rules and regulations, but it is most commonly compared to golf. Essentially, players have to hit balls with wooden mallets under hoops that are stuck into the ground working their way around the court as they go.
The game does not seem especially fast-paced, but all the motions your body makes in bending for each hit and running around the court will get you a calorie burn of 200 calories an hour.
4. Gardening and Lawn Work
Gardening is a fruitful activity, and you can even get the whole family involved. Light gardening, pushing a lawnmower, planting flowers and cutting the grass all take a good amount of physical exertion. Depending on what you end up doing, you could burn up to 330 calories an hour.
You don’t need to go to a golf course to play a game of golf of mini-golf. You can buy golf sets that can be set up in your own lawn or you can use materials you have around the house to recreate a golf course.
Twisting, turning and running after the ball can help you burn 330 calories an hour. It can also help relieve lower back pain.
6. Swimming and Water Activities
If you are lucky enough to have a pool in the house, swimming can be the way to go if you are looking to get physically fit. If you become bored with swimming laps or want to get the family involved, you can go for a game of swimming pool volleyball or Marco Polo.
Water provides its own resistance making it ideal for those looking to get in shape. It can help you burn more than 400 calories an hour. What’s more, it is great for joint health and pain relief.
7. Play with Your Dog
Yoga with animals is becoming a new trend. You can take it even further by doing doga.
In doga, you will have to do yoga poses while using your dog as a prop. This is a great way to increase calorie burn, tighten your bod and bond with your pooch.
8. Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a great way to work that weight off while having fun.
Like any other scavenger hunt, you will be hiding items and challenging friends and family members to find them in your yard or around the neighbourhood.
For an added weight burn challenge, think of hiding items in slopes and hills that will really make the players work for their rewards.
A trampoline can provide the ultimate in fitness. If you buy one for your backyard, you may never have to go to the gym again.
Jumping up and down on a trampoline can help you burn 200-300 calories in just 30 minutes. If you incorporate other moves in your trampoline workout, you can easily double that number.
10. Play Ball
There are many ball games that provide a great calorie burn. If you have enough people to play with, this can make for a fun and wellness boosting game that can be played right in your backyard.
Of course, the game you choose to play will depend on who is playing and what they prefer, but if calorie burn is your priority, consider soccer which burns 900 calories a match or basketball which burns 300 calories a half hour.
These are all great suggestions for activities that will help you reach your weight goals. Which will you be incorporating in your outdoor fun?
Hi, I’m JD (Big Daddy). After I became a lawyer and ran a successful law practise for a while, I became interested in blogging, developing new technology for the law, playing in the outdoors and taking lots of vacations. I still spend time being a lawyer, but I’m trying to pursue my other passions, and I’d like to document all my fun in various blogs.