Are you craving for entertaining and pleasurable activities with family and friends? Longing to get fit and fab for the summer while having blasts of fun? Too jaded and bored with your repetitive fitness regimens? Don’t fret, I got you covered! Below is my personal guide to fun outdoor activities you can try that are not only leisurely but also will help you become healthier and fitter! Not convinced? Let my calorie counter pique your interest.
Bamboo cycling tours in old Manila
Tour the walls of Manila… in style! Experience history and culture of old Manila while pedaling on a bicycle. Visit famous spots in Intramuros like Fort Santiago, Plaza Roma, and the San Agustin Church while riding bicycles made from bamboos (yes, bamboos!). And to boot, you can choose which type of bicycle to ride, whether an old school BMX or the larger mountain bikes.
Fitness fact: Improved joint mobility, posture, and coordination are some of the many benefits of regular cycling. According to cycling experts, a peaceful and leisurely bike ride can burn more calories than walking: 281 calories per hour on a bike vs 176 calories per hour on foot.
Work out in a trampoline park
So you think trampolines are just for gymnasts? Think again. With the rise of the trampoline parks within the metro, you can now have more fun while working out! Aside from the usual acrobatic moves you can learn, you can also try group activities like trampoline dodgeball and basketball or join trampoline Zumba sessions! If you just want to de-stress, you can always fall into the trampoline pit filled with soft and squishy foam and let your stress melt away.
Fitness fact: Simply jumping up and down on a trampoline for 10 minutes can burn up to 50 calories. That’s 300 calories in just an hour! More intense trampoline workouts can burn more calories – and they’re more fun than going to the gym!
Make your own Cirque du Soleil act
Have you ever dreamt of joining the circus when you were a kid? Now’s your chance to do so! To those unfamiliar with it, the flying trapeze is a circus act developed in the 1850s wherein a performer jumps from an elevated platform while holding a suspended horizontal bar (a trapeze) and execute a giant swing with the goal of transferring to another swinging bar. If that seems too scary for you, don’t you worry. Flying trapeze rigs won’t let you in on a trapeze without the necessary precautions: safety nets, harnesses, and of course, proper training. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then this outdoor activity is for you.
Fitness fact: Due to the challenging nature of this activity, expect your core muscles to develop and get toned while your upper body muscles grow stronger. And burning 300 calories per hour while doing continuous flying trapeze tricks does not sound bad at all.
Swimming is so yesterday, go wakeboarding!
Wakeboarding is a water sport that involves mounting on a flat surfboard-like apparatus while being pulled by a motorboat. This sport was developed utilizing techniques from three different high-adrenaline sports: water-skiing, snowboarding, and surfing. With the advent of man-made lakes installed with a closed-course cable system, wakeboarding has become readily accessible to just about everyone!
Fitness fact: Just mastering the basics of wakeboarding not only helps strengthen your arms and legs, but it also improves the flexibility of your hands and feet. Advanced wakeboarding skills will help decrease your reaction times and will greatly improve your hand-eye coordination. You’ll be more agile and nimble to your feet! Did I forget to mention that you can burn up to 350 calories per hour of wakeboarding activities?
Channel your inner Oliver Queen or Katniss Everdeen
Ah yes, the sport that shot up in popularity in recent years due to the pop culture phenomena that is The Hunger Games and Arrow. What was once a means for hunting and for warfare is now both a leisurely activity and an Olympic sport. To the layperson, archery may seem a very simple sport that involves a bow and arrows – but it’s more than that. Mastering archery involves focus, precision, strength, coordination, dexterity, and patience. It’s a very complicated sport, yet it has become a recreational activity for many as well. As archery ranges start popping up within the metro, you too can start becoming your own Legolas or Merida.
Fitness fact: Archery can help you not just to become strong, but it also develops your flexibility. Shooting arrows require flexibility from your upper body and strength from your core muscles. Since you are technically shooting targets, a good archer should also have the endurance and steadiness to be able to repeat a motion with consistency. And since we’re keeping count, you can burn up to 144 calories per hour of shooting arrows. Not bad!
Fulfill your ninja dreams
Whether you’re a kid at heart who enjoy watching the anime Naruto or a frustrated American Ninja Warrior, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy a day or two (or maybe even a whole week) joining ninja and parkour groups within the Philippines. Outdoor-based groups are more inclined to use nature in teaching you parkour skills such as running, jumping, climbing, rolling, tumbling, and other skills as you move through obstacles. You can also learn these skills in a more controlled indoor environment wherein other activities such as break dancing and capoeira are also taught.
Fitness fact: Parkour is a great physical and mental workout. It can help you condition your body as it is a full-body cardio workout on its own. It can also develop mental acuity since you have to make fast decisions. Parkour is a great way to burn up to 400 calories per hour.
So what are you waiting for? Get off that couch, call your family and friends, and try out these activities that will surely make you fit and fab!