The 13 best fat-burning outdoor sports and fitness activities

The 13 best fat-burning outdoor sports and fitness activities

Fat-burning workouts
The 13 best fat-burning outdoor sports and fitness activities
Whether it's on the court or at the beach, take advantage of the warmer-weather months, and get a great workout in. Consider this your spring and summer bucket list.
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Are you looking to get in a solid sweat session without confining yourself to the gym like you did all winter? Lacking motivation to run circles around the track? Don’t worry—there are plenty of things to do in the warmer months that can help you stay (or get in even better) shape while adding some serious adventure to the mix.
Gain total-body muscle and get summer-ready STAT.
Not to mention some six-pack abs.
Here's a look at the best sports and fitness activities you can add to your spring and summer bucket list.
The 13 best fat-burning outdoor sports and fitness activities
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Run a 5k
A 5k or 10k are great distances for running buffs and non-runners alike. If you fall into the latter, they'll give you the opportunity to mix up your training and boost your cardiovascular fitness—without sacrificing your hard-earned muscle. Start things off at the beginning of the spring with a race day in mind—remember, you usually need to register in advance—so you can work toward that goal. Check out the Men’s Fitness 5K training guide for tips and a beginner's guide.   
Hit the court
Playing basketball is one of the best all-around workouts you can get. Shooting hoops works your calves, thighs, and core, all while building stamina as you hustle up and down the court—so grab some friends for a little two-on-two or three-on-three ball. Want to up the stakes? Throw some muscle into it: The losing team has to do 30 pushups or burpees, while the winners do just 15.
 
Go to a baseball game
Summer is the perfect time to sit and watch a game. But you don’t have to be glued to your seat for three-plus hours. Eating food and spectating doesn't have to ruin your physique. Most stadiums have natural foods instead of hot dogs and popcorn, and plenty of space to get some bodyweight work in. Whether it’s a minor league park or a major league stadium, get there early. Stadiums have no shortage of stairs. Do some sprints, one-legged hops, double-leg jumps, and bear crawls. When the game starts, make it a point to move around a bit (great if your seats aren't especially great). Take a quick run up to the upper deck, or do a lap around the stadium to take in the atmosphere. Just be sure to keep your eyes open for foul balls .
 
Climb or run up a mountain
If you’re looking to add some thrill and adventure to your training, climbing is a killer way to do it. Mountain climbs (and runs) are an incredible way to get in shape. You'll hit your legs, arms, back, and shoulders all at the same time. But before you go scaling Mt. Everest, check out our list of must-have climbing gear for the essential things you’ll need for your workout.
 
Run a 6-minute mile
Okay, maybe you won't be able to hit a 6-minute mile. But you can at least train to run your fastest mile time yet. Take a long-term look and use the spring and summer to get yourself in peak running form. Start off by timing yourself and see where you stand, then take a look at our 6-week program to run a sub-6 minute mile  to help you reach your goal. That timeframe makes the program perfect for either season.
Do 100 pushups per day—for a full week
Pushups are a great way to build your chest, arms, and shoulders. So why not give yourself a challenge this spring or summer and try to get to 100 per day for an entire week? If that number seems like too much, try the Men's Fitness pushup test figure out how many pushups you can do to set your max.
You can do them all at once—that’s the real challenge—or split them up throughout the day. Up to you. Either way, pick a number and make sure to hit it every day.
It sounds funny, but after a few days of this, your day will feel incomplete without doing those pushups. Try doing at least 15-30 pushups in the morning after you wake up—it'll make you feel like you've already accomplished something before your workday even gets started.
Oh, and if 100 is too easy, feel free to up the number. Be sure to follow the Men’s Fitness pushup plan —it can help you increase your number every two weeks for massive strength and mass gains.  
Learn some new tricks
Turn your world upside-down and get a new perspecive (literaly) on what a strength-training session looks like. Handstands, and walking on your hands, build boulder shoulders and perfect those t-shirt muscles . Take a look at the Men's Fitness guide to perfecting the handstand pushup , then give it a try on your own.
 
Do a lake swim
What's the best way to break a sweat and keep cool on an absurdly hot day? Simple: Hit the water. Swimming's one of the best total-body workouts around, and it'll build your cardio as you work your forearms, calves, groin, biceps, pecs, and quads all at once. Check out any lakes or natural bodies of water near you and plan a little excursion with a few friends. (Just keep an eye out for dangerous swimming conditions like rip tides, and swim in a guarded area when possible.) 
Hit the beach for a workout
At some point this summer, you're gonna be on the beach—but that doesn’t mean you have to lounge on the sand. Go for a run on the shore. Swim in the ocean. Hit up some beach volleyball with some bikini-clad babes. Check out our Men's Fitness beach strength and conditioning workout for an extensive workout you can do right on the sand.  
 
Go kayaking
If you want to be on the water, but it's not quite warm enough for a swim, jump in a kayak. It's a killer way to get an upper-body workout in. Paddling works your arms, shoulders, biceps, triceps, core, and back.  
Go for a hike
Take a hike—no really, take a hike. Heading out into the the wilderness—ascending steep inclines, traversing boulders—burns serious calories, especially if you're moving at a decent clip. And, for the most part, no matter where you are in the U.S., there's some type of trail close by. Don’t forget to bring along the essentials . 
 

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