National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is observed in the month of May. It provides the perfect occasion to make people aware of the benefits of getting physically active. Physical activity can help in improving the muscular fitness and overall health of children and adolescents. It can lower the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer for adults. It also diminishes the chance of falls and cognitive decline among older adults.
The following are some of the sports that can burn calories (based on a body weight of 130 pounds):
- Golf – A day on the golf course will burn plenty of calories, especially if you walk and pull your own clubs. You can burn 267 calories playing a round of golf.
- Baseball or softball – You can burn calories playing baseball, even if you are not a pro. A game of baseball will burn about 310 calories.
- Tennis – A casual game of doubles tennis will enable you to lose calories and improve your agility. You can lose from 372 to 515 calories in a game of tennis.
- Swimming – Swimming is low-impact but offers a strenuous, full-body workout . A moderately-paced freestyle swim can help you burn more than 400 calories.
- Kickball – Kickball is a friendly pick-up game that can be played in the company of neighborhood friends. A game of kickball can help you shed 400 to 600 calories.
- Racquetball – This game can be played indoors. It does not have to be high intensity. A casual game will allow you to lose between 400 and 600 calories.
- Soccer – This highly popular sport can be very intense, but even a more laid back game can produce a great workout. A playful round of soccer with your friends can allow you to lose upwards of 450 calories.
- Rowing – If you have a canoe and a body of water, you can supersize your upper-body muscles while burning more than 450 calories.
If you aren’t in love with the monotony of exercise, try mixing it up with a competitive sport. The time will pass quickly, and you’ll be surprised at how many calories you have shed.