14 Summer Sports That Help Torch Serious Calories

Summer is a great time to indulge in some palate-pleasing, guilt-free ice cream (or maybe an ice-cold beer) and just bask in the sun. 

The extra pounds that come with summer fun are usually more than welcome. But for those who want to put their vacation days to good use, getting rid of those pounds is a must.

Luckily, there are many ways to torch serious calories during the summer months. From running sprints, to playing tennis – you’ll find something you like on this list!

1. Beach Volleyball

Burn 400 calories an hour playing volleyball on the beach. Get your beach bod ready for all the summertime fun by playing a sport outside.

2) Run Sprints

Run sprints and burn 400 calories an hour. Running has been shown to be one of the most effective forms of exercise because it keeps your body burning calories for 24 hours after you have finished exercising! So go out there and run those calories away.

3) Kayaking/Canoeing

Burn 400 calories an hour canoeing or kayaking. All you need is a paddle and a comfy boat to burn calories on the water!

4) Tennis

Burn 400 calories an hour playing tennis. Ranked #10 on the list of most popular sports today, tennis is a great way to get your fitness fix.

5) Skateboarding

Burn 375 calories an hour skateboarding. From simple tricks at the park to doing full-on aerial flips, skateboarding is a great way to keep your heart rate up.

6) Frisbee Golf/ Ultimate Frisbee

Burn 350 calories an hour playing frisbee. Ultimate frisbee is similar to regular frisbee, except it is played like a game of capture the flag on a golf course (hence the name ultimate frisbee). It’s great for burning calories while enjoying nature!

7) Rollerblading/ Inline Skating

Burn 350 calories an hour rollerblading or inline skating. Skating is a great way to get in shape and enjoy the summer weather at the same time!

8) Water Skiing/ Wakeboarding

Burn 300-400 calories an hour water skiing or wakeboarding. If you’re a thrill seeker and love to be on the water, try out some of these extreme summer sports to burn the most calories possible.

9) Soccer

Burn 300 calories an hour playing soccer. Attacking, defending, or just sprinting across the field – running is a great way to get your heart rate up and burn some serious calories while you play!

10) Hiking

Burn 280 calories an hour hiking. In many parts of the country, summertime means perfect hiking weather. Hike as much as you can in order to burn off excess calories and stay in shape.

11) Roller Hockey/ Roller Derby

Burn 250 calories an hour roller hockey or roller derby. If the thought of skating on wheels scares you, don’t be too intimidated by this extreme sport! It may be hard to move on the skates, but you are still burning a lot of calories.

12) Swimming


Burn 200-450 calories an hour swimming. If you’re looking for a low impact workout, try swimming! The great thing about it is that if you get tired, all you have to do is float on the water until you are ready to move again.

13) Rowing/ Sculling


Burn 175 calories an hour rowing or sculling. Rowing is a full body workout that burns lots of calories in a short amount of time.

14) Biking

Burn 200-400 calories an hour biking. If you’re looking for a good aerobic workout while still getting some fresh air, try bike riding! It’s a great way to burn some calories without feeling like you’re actively exercising.

The summer is quickly approaching and many people will be taking the time to exercise more outdoors. This article lists 15 summer sports that help torch calories. Hope it helps!

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