by Kelsey Fields
Time for a little math problem. Stick with me here, I know schools out for summer. The weekend + Tablerock Lake = Killer Workout?
Wait, what? You read that right! Burning calories on the lake is one of my favorite ways to get in a workout. You know, one of those workouts where you are having so much fun you don’t even realize you’re getting super fit! So next time you are at the lake, and overfill on cheeseburgers from the grill, try one of these calorie blasters to avoid bikini bloat!
- Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP): This is by far my favorite water workout! Because the water is rocky, balancing forces you to engage your glutes, hamstrings, and quads the entire time. Add in rowing with the paddle and you have a complete cardio and full-body workout. Experts say that 30 minutes of SUP is equivalent to running six miles! Try it once and you will become a believer the next day. AKA-your whole body will HURT! Bonus points if you attempt yoga like the crazy woman.
No need to purchase any pricey materials just yet! Paddleboards are available to rent by the hour at nearly every marina on the lake.
- Water Skiing/Wakeboarding: Anybody who has ever attempted to water ski or wakeboard knows it is no easy feat. Pulling your body out of the water alone takes some good arm strength. Then once you are fully up, your legs and core and under continuous strain the rest of the ride. Check out the very talented wakeboarder below, our dear editor’s brother, Joey McCracken. He is basically squatting (hello leg workout) the whole ride! Do this activity for just 30 minutes and you can burn around 250 calories.
- Swimming: One of the best water workouts out there is swimming. It’s low impact on your joints and works your arms and legs at the same time. While lounging on your flamingo floaty and bobbing around in the water is super fun, it doesn’t count as a workout, friends! To burn some calories, do ten breast strokes, ten freestyle strokes, ten butterfly strokes, and repeat. Deepening on your pace you can burn up to 450 calories in 30 minutes.
- Kayaking: The great thing about kayaking is that it gives you the opportunity to tour the lake at your own leisure. Oh, and did I mention the ripped arms? No surprise here, kayaking is an intense upper-body workout. When you row you are working your biceps, triceps, shoulders, and upper back. Kayak for 30 minutes and you will burn around 200 calories.
As with all exercise, fatigue is bound to happen. However, if your muscles get tired on the lake it can be very dangerous. Please remember to wear a life-jacket when attempting strenuous activity.
It is also important to remember the sunscreen in his toasty Missouri sunshine! Not sure what to look for when purchasing sunscreen? Click here for everything you need to know about sunscreen!
When she is not working out, you will find her cheering on the Denver Broncos and spending time with her family. She is wife to Blake and mom to busy 2 year-old son Max and newborn son, Mick.