Kids have so much fun, don’t they? They’re always finding new games to play, ways to pass the time outside, and just enjoying their lives. We could all stand to be a bit more like kids, and you’ll find that you can lose weight by tapping into your inner child. How is this possible?
How many hours did you spend on the swing as a child? There’s nothing like the feeling of flying that you get from being on the swing. But the pumping of your legs can help you to burn quite a few calories–200 per hour! Spend a half hour playing with your kids on the swing, and you’ll burn some bonus calories.
Did you know that you can burn as many as 200 calories in just half an hour of shaking your hips and hula-hooping? You’ll find that it makes for one epic core workout, and you’ll feel the fatigue in your back, abs, and side muscles after a few minutes. There are even workout DVDs that incorporate hula movements, and it will help you to get in shape and lose weight the fun way.
Most of us jumped rope as children, but it turns out that jumping rope is so much more than just childish fun. You can burn as many as 700 calories in a single hour of jumping rope, and you’ll give your legs and shoulders a wicked workout. Adding tricks into the mix will help you burn even more calories, and you’ll find it’s one of the best types of cardio around!
Who doesn’t love a good obstacle course? You may have enjoyed the monkey bars and gym set at the park, but now that you’re an adult, it’s time to tackle adult-sized obstacles. There are many obstacle course trials you can find, such as at bootcamps and mud-runs. Not only are they a lot of fun, but they make for awesome cross-training workouts that will shred your muscles.
Ever played a game of tag with adults? You’ll find it’s much more challenging than it ever was when you were a child. You can burn upwards of 500 calories per hour if you’re the one doing most of the running, and it can be a fun way to play games with your fellow adults!
Simon Says “Work Out”
The old classic game of Simon Says was always played at a slow pace for your kids, but you can use it to help you get in a workout. Have Simon “say” things along the lines of “do 20 push-ups”, “run in place”, “do 15 lunges”, and so on. Every time you complete the action, you advance. Play it this way, and you’ll have a lot more fun at your outdoor play!
What could be more fun than dodging balls? This is one of the best games for those who want to get in a wicked cardio workout, as you never stop moving while playing this game. You can burn as many as 340 calories in a single hour of dodgeball, helping you to get in a workout the fun way.
The Secret Is…
When playing all of these kids games, you should always try to up the intensity of the play. Enjoy the games like you used to, but make it a point to run rather than hide, to leap extra high as you hop scotch, or to push yourself hard. The more you push yourself, the more calories you will burn and the more exercise you will get!