Healthy in the Heat: Calories Burned During Summer Activities
Exercise What's inside?
Morgan Medeiros MSc
May 30, 2017

Calories Burned During Summer ActivitiesLooking for ways to stay healthy in the heat this summer? The following activities are well-suited for outdoor adventurers.

Whether you hit the courts or the beach, be sure to hydrate and employ safety precautions while on shore, land, or sea.

*Calories burned based on a 150 lb individual exercising for 60 minutes.


This fun workout provides a combination of cardiovascular and strength exercise as you take in scenic ocean views. You’ll work your arms, chest, and back as you paddle, torching 340 Calories per hour. When kayaking, always wear a life vest and boat with a partner.


The quintessential outdoorsy experience, you’ll work your legs as you shoulder a pack through the woods or up a winding mountain trail. Expect to burn 400 Calories per hour while walking with a backpack on uneven, steep terrain, and always hike with a buddy.


The balance and leg strength required to hold yourself upright on a fluctuating board while being pulled behind a boat is no joke! Expect to burn 409 Calories per hour while riding the wake. Mind boater laws and always wear a life vest, as water accidents can be deadly.


Lucky enough to be somewhere where surfing in an option for a sunny afternoon? We’re mad jealous, bro. Expect to burn 340 Calories per hour while looking enviably cool, and always mind signs on the beach, which provide warning signs for dangerous waves or shark sightings (eek!).


Paddling in the lake or pool? Cannonballs off the dock aside, expect to burn 409 Calories per hour. Always be sure to swim with a partner, and in sight of other beach-goers. Be mindful of signs indicating rough waters, which can be dangerous even for strong, accomplished swimmers.


Hitting the courts this summer? Per hour of singles play, you can expect a great cardiovascular workout while strengthening your arms, back, and reaction times. Expect to burn 497 Calories per hour while working on your best Venus impression.

Beach Volleyball

At the beach, a game of beach volleyball becomes taxing very quickly as you attempt short sprints on an uneven surface. Those with knee problems should take precautions when exercising on unsteady, sandy terrain. Expect to burn 545 Calories per hour returning the serve.

Morgan Medeiros is a certified nutritionist, holding a both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Morgan completed her undergraduate education at Central Washington University, and her graduate education at Northeastern University. During her time as a graduate student, Morgan focused her area of expertise in health education, weight management, and behavioral change. Morgan has experience working in areas of nutritional neuroscience and disease prevention, obesity prevention, and weight loss. Morgan also works in areas of nutritional analysis and menu labeling for restaurants, where she is able to creatively bridge her interest in food culture and health education. In her free time, Morgan enjoys traveling, reading, writing, running, and spending time with her family and friends (including- most importantly- her dog, Clyde).

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