So, you have officially eaten an entire pigs-worth of hot dogs and a full farm of burgers. Gotta love Fourth of July!
Now, you’re struck with the predicament of working all of that back off so you can continue to look amazing in your bathing suit when you’re off to the beach.
Getting your regular gym sessions in with Koko is always a given recommendation, but there are ways you can expedite that extra weight loss and make your summer better at the same time!
Here are 3 easy ways to stay fit and healthy this summer (post cookouts).
HIKING AND EXPLORING
A Kokonut fan-favorite is hiking and random outdoorsy excursions. What’s better than getting bunch of friends or family members together, picking out a new hiking spot on a map, and conquering it together!
Not only is hiking a great way to explore and get in touch with nature, flat land hiking burns as much as 400-500 calories per hour. Uphill you can burn over 600 per hour. Of course this depends on your average weight as well, but natural terrain is the best way to really get your heart and muscles working. An hour of rock climbing can make you burn over 1000 calories.
These easy outdoor activities are also some of the best ways to work your quads, hamstrings, and calves. Uphill hiking and climbing are also amazing chest, forearm, and shoulder exercises.
Treadmills and ellipticals? Forget it. Go climb some mountains.
‘Tis the season to take advantage of the fresh growing season and exploring your local town’s farmer’s market or locally grown produce stores.
You can stack your breakfasts with fresh fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries all of which are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. And you can hoard good carbs for before the gym by getting fresh apples, peaches, banana, and plums.
The best part about farmer’s markets (besides how fresh the produce is) is that they are – for the most part – void of toxic chemicals found in pesticides, insecticides, and artificial fertilizers.
You may even find some freshly butchered meat at some as well, for all you carnivores out there.
When was the last time you played a sport? Kicked around a soccer ball with the kids? Or shot some baskets with a buddy?
The only way to keep yourself healthy, fit, and happy, is to stay active. Don’t fall victim to leftovers and Harry Potter marathons on TV. Get up, get out, and play.
Pick-up games with a bunch of others are a good way to incite mass fitness sessions! Soccer itself can help men burn around 800+ calories (700+ for women), and that is only an hour of playing.
A solid competitive basketball game is actually a great way to work your body in all different ways while burning calories… Up to 900 calories to be exact. The varying movements needed to play a good game of basketball keeps your muscles guessing and allows them to develop in more ways than one.
As long as you are out and enjoying the sun and doing something, that is living a healthy lifestyle. Everyone has a favorite activity, find a crew and do it together for that extra motivation.
Stay Koko Strong.
Managing Editor, The Stronger Blog
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