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Sneak it outside

The days are longer, the pools are open and the mosquitoes are out. Those of us who experienced a frigid winter are in shock!

With a long winter and a bunch of layers covering us up, it was easy to forget about the seemingly distant bikini season. But, now the sun is out and it's time to get a little color on our faces. Bikini or not, summer is the perfect season to get healthy. With ample opportunity to sneak in exercise, the more hours of daylight, the better.

Take advantage of the warm weather and head outside instead of the gym. You'd be surprised about the amount of calories you will burn and the items you can check off your to-do list.


Don't pretend they aren't there. The weeds in your yard are beginning their takeover. Pull them! At 155 pounds, you will burn approximately 344 calories in one hour, according to Linda Hinkle of

Mow with a power push mower at least once a week and burn an extra 334 calories per hour, Hinkle says. Top it off by leaving the bag off and raking the grass for an hour. That adds another 356 calories to your calories-be-gone list.

Make it pretty and make it healthy. Plant some shrubs in your front and some seeds in your back. Pick some healthy foods - zucchini, squash, watermelon, anything you like. At 155 pounds, burn 298 calories per hour.

One day's work is adding up isn't it?


You've logged in enough hours of outside work. Let's play!

Like running? Run for an hour at five miles per hour and burn a whopping 606 calories if you are a 160 pounds, Mayo Clinic Staff says.

Too hot? Swim instead. Swim laps for an hour, and a 160 pound person will burn 423 calories an hour.

If you like sports, find a game. From basketball to tennis to touch football, a 160 pound person can burn up to 584 calories an hour, according to Mayo Clinic Staff.


Let's start with a walk. Your pup needs to stretch his legs, too! Take an hour long walk around your neighborhood at a pace of 3.5 miles per hour, and according to Mayo Clinic Staff, a 160 pound person will burn 314 calories.

No dog? Go for a leisurely bike ride and burn 292 calories an hour, Mayo Clinic Staff says.

No bike? How about a hike? Nature trails are usually close by and according to Mayo Clinic Staff, an hour long hike can burn up to 438 calories.

Time for bed now? You've earned it. Don't forget to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen. Make the most of the weather. Get some things done and get your body moving. It will thank you later.

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