Burning calories doesn’t have to be tedious and boring. In fact, there are tons of ways to do so while actually having a great time. Don’t believe me? Check out the list below for over 60 ways to have tons of fun while burning calories. None of these activities involve going to the gym and many can be done outdoors or with friends.
1) Visit a ropes course
A ropes course is a series of rope obstacles you must make your way through. Usually, they are high off the ground so if you’re afraid of heights this might not be for you. On the bright side, they are great for getting your adrenalin pumping and can be found both indoors and out so you can enjoy them year-round.
2) Have sex
Having sex (or even masturbating) has tons of health benefits including the burning the calories, not to mention the fact that it’s super fun.
3) Join a charity walk
A charity walk (or run) is a great way to burn calories while supporting a good cause. Relay for Life, for example, which is run by the American Cancer Society, has walks going on all over the country. To find charity walk/runs in your area, visit RunGuides.com. Or if you are looking for regular “fun runs”, check out RoadRaceRunner.com.
4) Visit a zoo or animal sanctuary
Large zoos require lots of walking. And while you’re distracted by all the cute animals, you won’t realize how much exercise you’re getting. Typically, a large zoo will take all day to see so wear comfy shoes.
5) Go shopping
Shopping is a great way to burn calories because you do a ton of walking. Plus, you’ll be trying things on and carrying your purchases around, both of which can give you a light workout. Sometimes even grocery shopping can be a good calorie-burner if you are pushing a heavy cart throughout the store.
6) Walk your dog or volunteer at an animal shelter
Bring your furry best friend on a walk around the neighborhood or to your local dog park. Your dog will be thrilled and you’ll get plenty of exercise chasing him around. If you don’t have a dog, you can also volunteer at your local animal shelter. They will be super grateful for the extra help.
7) Play video games
Many video game consoles like PlayStation and the Wii offer games that get you up and moving. Some games have you simulate different sports like bowling or boxing while others allow you to get your groove on by completing fun dance moves.
8) Visit a rock climbing center
Rock climbing centers are a great way to burn calories while getting your adrenalin pumping. It’s also an amazing way to tone your arm and leg muscles as you maneuver up and down the wall obstacles.
9) Toss a football or baseball around with your significant other
Grab a friend or significant other and work on perfecting the perfect spiral pass or pitch. You can even try throwing with your non-dominant arm to improve your dexterity and to activate lesser-used areas of your brain.
10) Go for a walk around a new neighborhood
Walking around your neighborhood is a quick and easy way to burn a few calories. If you get bored with the scenery, pick a new neighborhood to explore. You may discover fun new places or meet new people along the way.
11) Use a trampoline
Trampolines aren’t just for kids. Adults can get smaller-sized fitness trampolines they can use indoors. Or if you want, go all out and get a large backyard one for some serious bouncing fun.
12) Visit a rage room
Rage rooms (also called smash rooms) are rooms you can visit where you use a bat to smash things like bottles, vases, and office equipment. The point of the room is to let out stress but it’s also a great way to get some exercise.
13) Weed your garden or plant flowers
Weeding your garden or planting flowers not only makes your yard more beautiful to look at, but it’s also a great way to work up a sweat. Just watch out for poison ivy and ticks.
14) Visit an amusement park or indoor water park
Visiting an amusement park is a great way to be active while still having fun. Walking around and going on the rides will definitely get your heart pumping. Just be careful what you eat, or you may end up eating more calories than you burn.
15) Wash or clean out your car
Not everyone considers washing a car a fun activity, but on a hot day the cold water can feel great and you’ll get a shiny clean car when you’re finished. You can also try cleaning the interior of your car by vacuuming, cleaning the windows, and dusting the dashboard.
16) Clean our your garage or basement
Again, not everyone considers this a fun activity, but you may end up finding valuable items you haven’t seen in years. And even if you don’t, your spaces won’t be a giant mess anymore. Plus, you’ll be burning tons of calories in the process.
17) Walk around a museum
Some museums are huge and can take an entire day to see. Typically they are also air-conditioned so you can walk around while staying cool. If art isn’t your thing, try a natural history museum or visit a living history museum like Colonial Williamsburg.
18) Go on a hike
The great thing about hikes is that you can choose the best one for your fitness level, from beginner hikes to super challenging uphill excursions. Check out your state’s official website or sites like AllTrails for hiking locations and difficulty levels.
19) Play basketball
If you don’t live near a court, you can install a basketball hoop on the edge of your driveway. And you don’t need to have a team. Instead, you can play a shooting game like Horse or just see how many free throws you can make.
20) Go boating, paddling, or kayacking
In the summer, spending time in the water is a great way to burn calories while staying cool. Just make sure you follow all water safety recommendations and cover-up so you don’t get sunburn. If you’ve never done these activities before, you can also look into taking lessons.
21) Spend the day at the casino
Some casinos (like Foxwoods in CT) are ginormous. They are also air-conditioned and offer tons of activities like bowling, shopping, gambling, golfing, and museums to name a few.
22) Play frisbee
If regular frisbee is too boring for you, you can buy one that glows in the dark so you can use it at night. This makes throwing and catching it a little more exciting. Just make sure to bring the mosquito spray.
23) Learn to surf or go boogie boarding
Surfing and boogie boarding are both great for getting exercise and will keep you cool on hot days. If you’ve never surfed before, I highly recommend you take lessons as there are risks you should be aware of.
24) Take a spinning class
Spinning classes are huge right now. With the lights, music, and typically high-energetic instructor, it’s easy to get caught up in the atmosphere, burning tons of calories in the process.
25) Visit a batting cage
Batting cages are a fun way to get some exercise and come in both baseball and softball options. You can also visit a virtual batting cage which has a screen showing the pitcher actually releasing the ball for a more realistic experience.
26) Play a round of golf
Golfing is another fun way to burn calories in warmer months. A regular round of golf requires tons of walking if you skip the golf cart. You can also visit a driving range to give your arms a good workout or visit a mini-golf course for a super laid-back golfing experience.
27) Go on a bike ride
Bike rides are great for getting outside and enjoying a beautiful day. Like hiking, you can choose the difficulty of your ride, from flat and gentle bike trails to challenging uphill mountain trails.
28) Do yard work
Yard work isn’t fun for everyone but some people really enjoy it. If you don’t want to do typical yard maintenance like mowing or raking, you can also work on creating an outdoor oasis, like a patio, that you can enjoy once you’re finished.
29) Go swimming
Swimming is great for burning calories because it works tons of muscles all at once. You also have lots of options as to where you swim including ponds, lakes, and oceans. If you don’t like natural bodies of water, you can also do laps in a pool or join a water aerobics class.
30) Take a light jog or a brisk walk
A lot of people can’t go running due to mobility or endurance problems. If this is the case, a light jog will get your heart pumping while still burning calories. You can also take a fast-paced walk, which can be made more difficult by wearing a weighted vest.
31) Go dancing or take lessons
Dancing lessons are great if you have a partner and you want to learn how to dance together. You can also take solo lessons in dance styles like hip-hop, hula dancing, or pole dancing. Another option is to visit a dance club which can be a lot of fun, especially if you bring your friends with you.
32) Take a cardio class
Cardio classes come in various difficulty levels and styles. Regular aerobics classes, for example, are great for beginners as they are typically low impact, but if you want a more intense workout try Zumba or Tae Bo classes. If you don’t want to leave the house, you can also visit YouTube for great cardio videos you can do right at home.
33) Take a tour of a local city
If you live near a major city, they often offer walking tours where you can see the sights and learn about the history of the area. This is a great way to spend a nice day, especially if you are visiting for the first time.
34) Jump roping
Jump roping is a fun activity that burns calories while toning your arms, butt, and legs. Just be forewarned, many find it a lot harder to do as an adult compared to when they were children.
35) Clean out your wardrobe
Cleaning out your wardrobe has tons of benefits including getting organized and creating more space. You will also stay active while trying on clothes and moving items to your car to be donated.
36) Take a self-defense class
Taking a self-defense class not only makes you more fit but can also save your life. In some cases, they are offered for free at community centers or you can sign up for personal or group lessons.
37) Go fruit picking
Fruit picking is a great activity for late summer or fall days. You get to walk around a beautiful orchard while picking healthy fruit you can enjoy later. What’s not to like?
38) Hula hooping
Hula hooping is another childhood activity that has become a popular fitness trend. You can even purchase weighted hula hoops for a more challenging workout. And YouTube offers several instructional and workout videos you can follow along with.
39) Go on a nature walk
Some towns and nature centers offer free nature walks where you can learn about different plants and animals. They even have them at night where you can learn about moths, owls, and other night-time creatures.
40) Take a boxing or kickboxing class
Boxing and kickboxing classes are typically fun and high-energy. If you don’t want to join a class, you can learn on your own by watching videos on YouTube and other free platforms. Another option is to play a boxing videogame. I’ve been using Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout (for the Wii) for over ten years and still love it.
41) Go antiquing
Some areas are known for their vibrant antiquing communities. If you live near such an area, it can be a great place to walk around and do a little shopping.
42) Visit a local fair
Fairs typically occur more in the fall, but even in the summer, you can find similar events where you can walk around, go on rides, or even buy crafts. Just be careful of what you eat if you are counting calories.
43) Take sailing lessons
Sailing can be a physically demanding activity requiring core and upper arm strength. If you haven’t sailed before, try taking lessons. Once you’re an expert, you can rent or buy your own sailboat and spend a wonderful day on the water, while giving yourself a fun workout.
44) Play disc golf
Disc golf is a sport where you throw small disks at a target. It often involves arm strength and a lot of walking. You can also play against family and friends to make it more interesting.
45) Learn to scuba dive
If you like adventure and trying new things, you may want to give scuba diving a try. Scuba diving allows you to explore beautiful underwater worlds while giving your arms and legs a great workout. If you don’t like the ocean you can also dive inside indoor pools.
46) Play lawn games like croquet or badminton
Many of us played croquet or badminton with our grandparents when we were kids. Although these games don’t require a lot of energy, they will get you up and moving and can be great for seniors.
47) Go skiing, sledding, or snow boarding
Skiing, sledding, or snowboarding all burn tons of calories and are great for toning your legs and arms. Just remember to dress warmly and watch out for trees.
If you don’t have your own kids, you can offer to babysit for a friend or family member. Trust me, they will be grateful for the break and you will get lots of exercise chasing after their kids.
49) Do Laundry
Some people (myself included), enjoy doing laundry. It’s nice having fresh clean clothes and I burn lots of calories going up and down two flights of stairs.
50) Go rollerblading or rollerskating
Rollerblading is great for getting your legs into shape. Just make sure to wear a helmet and other protective equipment if you aren’t too steady on your feet.
51) Vacuum or organize your house
Vacuuming and organizing your home not only gets you up and moving, but also gets your house squeaky clean and running efficiently. For extra calorie-burning benefits, try wearing a weighted vest or ankle weights while vacuuming.
When it comes to painting, you have plenty of options. You can paint parts of your house like a wall or deck, for example, or you can be more artistic and paint a picture you can hang on the wall. Some people also like taking old furniture and repainting it so they can resell it to others.
53) Watch a movie on the treadmill
Just walking on a regular treadmill can be boring. To make things more interesting, put on a high-octane or adventure movie. Or put on an audio book or an interesting podcast.
54) Go horseback riding
If you love animals, you may want to give horseback riding a try. You may need a few lessons to get started but once you get the hang of it, it can be a fun and relaxing activity.
55) Visit an escape room
Escape rooms are actual rooms that have puzzles you need to solve in order to escape. They often require a lot of mental activity which does burn calories. The excitement can also get your heart pumping and you can play together with your friends and family.
56) Go beach combing
Walking along the beach is a great workout and you may even find interesting shells, rocks, or sea glass. Just make sure you wear sunscreen and the right footwear in case you step on anything sharp.
57) Help out an elderly neighbor or relative
Oftentimes, the elderly need help with yard work, laundry, transportation, and other simple tasks. Giving them a helping hand will not only burn calories but will also give you good karma points.
58) Go bowling
Bowling can be a fun activity, especially for groups. Just be careful of the unhealthy snacks and alcohol that are often served there as it may counteract the calories you burn.
59) Visit a haunted house or hay maze (seasonal)
During the fall there are often haunted houses or tours you can go on. You can also visit hay or corn mazes or go pumpkin picking.
60) Have a tag sale
Having a tag sale involves a lot of lifting and preparation. But on the bright side, you will burn calories while getting rid of a lot of junk you don’t need.
61) Do yoga in the park
Sometimes yoga studios will offer free yoga classes in the park or other public areas. It can be a great way to try it out while enjoying the beautiful weather.
62) Cook dinner for your family or a large gathering
For people who love entertaining, you can prepare a large meal which will involve a lot of prep work, cooking, and clean-up. Your guests will be thankful for the meal and you will get plenty of exercise preparing it.
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