Reading, knitting and collecting comics might be enjoyable hobbies, but none will help you reach your weight-loss goals. If you want to shed a few pounds of fat but don't want to hit the gym or take up jogging, add some active hobbies to your daily routine to help build a fit body. As with any activity, selecting one or more hobbies that you enjoy increases your chance of sticking with them.
For many people, team or individual sports provide more than just a way to release their competitive spirit. Many sports burn calories quickly, making them ideal hobbies to help you lose fat. Moderate-intensity sports such as softball burn calories slowly; a 185-pound person will burn 222 calories in 30 minutes of softball, notes Harvard Medical School. When the intensity of the sport increases, so do the calories burned. The same person will burn 311 calories in 30 minutes of soccer, 355 calories in 30 minutes of ice hockey and 444 calories in 30 minutes of racquetball.
Gardening can beautify your yard, but dedication to keeping your lawn and garden in tip-top shape can also help you lose weight. A simple exercise such as raking the lawn will result in 178 calories burned in 30 minutes for someone who weighs 185 pounds. The same person will burn 205 calories during a half-hour weeding session, 222 calories during 30 minutes of digging dirt and 244 calories during 30 minutes of mowing the lawn with a hand mower.
Working Around Home
If you're used to calling someone to perform work around your home, put down the phone and roll up your sleeves. Provided you enjoy working with your hands, you'll save money while you burn calories. A 185-pound person will burn 133 calories per 30 minutes of working on the car; even washing your car by hand will result in 200 calories burned in 30 minutes. Instead of ordering take-out, consider mastering the kitchen yourself. The same person will burn 111 in every 30 minutes of cooking -- as long as you keep the taste-testing to a minimum. If you're creative and adept at woodworking, consider this hobby -- a 185-pound person will burn 200 calories in 30 minutes of refinishing furniture.
If you enjoy working with animals, consider volunteering at a horse farm. If you weigh 185 pound, you can burn 266 calories in a half hour of grooming a horse. If you're fortunate enough to get some riding in while at the stable, you can burn 178 calories in 30 minutes. People with kids can give back to their community by coaching a youth sports team, all while burning calories. A 185-pound coach can burn 139 calories in 30 minutes, notes HealthStatus. If you prefer the tranquility of fishing, you'll burn 107 calories in half an hour if you weigh 185 pounds.
- MayoClinic.com: Counting Calories: Get Back to Weight-Loss Basics
- MayoClinic.com: Weight Loss: 6 Strategies for Success
- American Council on Exercise: Why is the Concept of Spot Reduction Considered a Myth?
- Harvard Medical School: Calories Burned in 30 Minutes for People of Three Different Weights
- HealthStatus: Calorie Burn Calculator
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