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Step off that Stairmaster, and take a hike instead. Commune with nature — and blast off calories? It's a win-win!
updated 7/18/2011 2:29:28 PM ET 2011-07-18T18:29:28

When the weather outside is wonderful, who wants to spend any time in a stuffy gym? Instead, gather the family and invite your friends to join you out-of-doors for a calorie-blasting good time. These activities make it easy to enjoy the season--and still lose weight, stay motivated, and build sexy, show-off muscles.

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See how many calories you'll burn during each of these warm-weather exercises

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1. Practice Your Serve: Grab a pal for a game of tennis.

Calories Blasted Per Hour: 544

Bonus Benefit: Svelte, sexy arms, shoulders, and back muscles

*Calorie burn based on a 150-pound person

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2. Spike Your Fat Burn: Play beach volleyball with the family.

Calories Blasted Per Hour: 544
Bonus Benefit: Every serve and spike helps tone your arms, abs, legs, and chest.

*Calorie burn based on a 150-pound person

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3.Sneak in Freestyle Fitness: Swim laps while the kids splash each other.

Calories Blasted Per Hour: 476
Bonus Benefit: Talk about a total-body workout! Swimming strengthens your chest, back, arms, abs, legs, and shoulders.

*Calorie burn based on a 150-pound person

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4. Pedal off the Pounds: Go for a bike ride.

Calories Blasted Per Hour: 476
Bonus Benefit: Power up each hill to help tighten and tone your legs, hips, and butt. ?

*Calorie burn based on a 150-pound person

5. Batter Up! Join the office softball game.

Calories Blasted Per Hour: 340
Bonus Benefit: You don't have to be on the winning team to still work your chest, arms, legs, abs, shoulders, and back.

*Calorie burn based on a 150-pound person

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6.Hit the Trails: Take a hike in the woods.

Calories Blasted Per Hour: 442
Bonus Benefit: You'll build strong, lovely legs as you soak up nature's beauty.

*Calorie burn based on a 150-pound person

7. Float Your Boat: Paddle off on a canoeing excursion.

Calories Blasted Per Hour: 340
Bonus Benefit: The resistance of paddling through water helps eliminate arm flab and strengthen your back.

*Calorie burn based on a 150-pound person

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8.Get Tee'd Off Play golf (and carry your own clubs!).

Calories Blasted Per Hour: 306?
Bonus Benefit: With each swing, you work your arms, abs, back, and shoulders.

*Calorie burn based on a 150-pound person?

9.Dig In, Get Dirty: Finally catch up on your gardening.

Calories Blasted Per Hour: 306
Bonus Benefit: All the bending and twisting required to plant and weed works your core from every angle.

*Calorie burn based on a 150-pound person

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10. Saddle Up! Go horseback riding.

Calories Blasted Per Hour: 272
Bonus Benefit: Gripping the saddle gives your inner thighs and butt an incredible workout.

*Calorie burn based on a 150-pound person

11.Window Shop: Stroll around town.

Calories Blasted Per Hour: 238
Bonus Benefit: It may not feel like exercise, but walking around the mall or your neighborhood tones your calves and works your glutes. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

*Calorie burn based on a 150-pound person

12. Become a Disc Diva: Throw a Frisbee.

Calories Blasted Per Hour: 204
Bonus Benefit: Tossing the Frisbee gives your chest, arms, shoulders, abs, and legs a great workout.

*Calorie burn based on a 150-pound person

13.Bring Out Your Inner Explorer: Learn to sail.
Calories Blasted Per Hour: 204
Bonus Benefit: Sailing works your sea legs--and arms, shoulders, and abs.

*Calorie burn based on a 150-pound person

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