7 Ways for You and Your Family to Burn Calories Outside the Gym

These fun outdoor activities will get your whole family involved with fitness


Summer weather doesn’t last forever, so as the season starts to wind down, now is a great time to take advantage of all the different ways you can stay active outside.

Here are seven ways you and your family can burn calories outside of the gym.

1. Get to work! 
I’m talking about yard work and I don’t mean sitting on your riding lawn mower for an hour then going back inside.

Go fix your landscaping, spread mulch, pick weeds, push-mow your lawn, dig holes and plant some trees. Trust me just go outside and spend an hour constantly moving. You will sweat, your yard will look great and so will you.

Do you pay to have your lawn done? No biggie. Just call the company and tell them to hold off for this week. What’s more important your health or your yard? Enjoy it!

2. Pedal to the metal! 
Get your family together, air up those tires and hit the road for a family bike ride.

This is a great way for you to spend time with your family and burn calories at the same time. No need to go all Lance Armstrong on it, but find some hills and break a sweat! My wife is in the third trimester of pregnancy and she somehow finds the energy to go on bike rides with me.

So what’s your excuse???

3. Hit the trails.
Get on google and find a trail for you and the family to go hiking. Make a day out of it or just go for a few hours. Pack waters and some snacks for the kids. You will allow your brain to relax and get away from technology all while burning some big calories. Find some hills to climb and get after it!

4. Take the dog for a walk. 
I seriously hope that you already do this at least once a day. My wife and I walk my dog in -20 degree weather. Our dog told us that it is non-negotiable so we listen.


Your dogs have tons of energy and love being outside. Go take them for a walk. It might sound weird but I get energy when I go walk my dog. It’s just being outside and moving. After 15 minutes or so my mind is reset and I’m ready to conquer the day.

5. Dance, Jump on it! 
Have you ever played “Dance Dance Revolution” on Xbox or Wii? It’s awesome! I play this when I go visit my nieces and it's crazy how much I sweat! Just one hour can burn up to 500 calories if you are doing it right. Weddings are a great time to break it down too. With me being so shy I tend to get scared on the dance floor……NOT! I let loose at weddings! Bust a move and look like an idiot. It’s so much fun and so great for your health.

6. Hit the lake. 
It seems like every time I hit the water I always find myself exercising. Yeah it’s supposed to be relaxing but it can also be a great way for you to burn a ton of calories. Water skiing, wake boarding, tubing and swimming can burn some serious fat and being on the water is just good for the soul.

Call your friends and get on the lake. Don’t own a boat? Rent a kayak, go paddle boarding, or just find the nearest lake and make a day at the beach. This one might be my favorite.


7. Hit the courts.
Tennis, basketball or volleyball — there are tons of courts around you. Go to the nearest school and I guarantee you will find a court. Just two hours of playing tennis, basketball or volleyball are a great way for you to stay fit outside of the gym.

All three of these sports are interval style, meaning they incorporate short bursts of energy while constantly moving. This is the best form of exercise when it comes to torching fat. Get outside now and get competitive.

Print this off and put it on your fridge. The next time you have a free day or hour just look at this list and pick an activity. You will thank me after. Trust me.

One quick thing before I go. All of these activities are habit that I started at a young age. The fact that I played every sport under the sun allowed me to partake in activities like this without hesitation. If you are a parent, then you are responsible for how much your kid plays. Get off your ass and get the kids outside.

Chase It!

Ben Boudro

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