5 Best Water Sports to Burn Fat
By Nina Syahira
June 19, 2014
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Need to lose that extra weight? Go swimming!
Burning calories, or fat, is simply a result of making your body work against resistance. The shorter the time you take to do the workout completely, the more its benefits will help you work off the excess fat. How much you burn would also depend on your weight. While the exercises you do on land are great, those that you do in the water will actually benefit you a whole lot more.
The reason is that water is denser than air, providing you with a higher level of natural resistance to work against. You would surely use all of your major muscle groups at once while in the pool or sea and this helps to tone your muscles thus achieving that leaner body you want.
One of the most fun and effective ways to burn fat is participating in water sports and there are tons of activities that you can do alone or with family and friends. Not only will it help you forge a closer relationship with your loved ones, it will also encourage a healthier lifestyle together. But if you choose to do it yourself, it can give you the opportunity to de-stress as well. Instead of your usual lap swimming or deep water running, check out our list of the 5 best water sports to burn calories with guaranteed results that will leave you smiling.
With the SAFRA Singapore Bay Run getting closer, you don't want to miss this too. Switch things up in your regular running ritual and get in the water for the ultimate full body training!
1. Stand up paddle boarding (aka SUP boarding)
This popular sport hybrid (even celebrities like Rihanna are doing it!) activates the arms, shoulders, back and core muscles. Standing on the board on unsteady waters helps train you to keep your balance. This then tones your entire body.
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2. Aqua Zumba
This other sport hybrid combines the ever popular Zumba with cardio-conditioning and body toning. As if dancing to music like Cumbia and Merengue is not hard enough, you have to do it in a swimming pool. Working against the resistance to water, your muscles would have to work harder.
Check out our new Aqua Zumba course here!
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Sitting in a cosy little boat and rowing from one point to another sounds easy, right? Well, if you're looking for a leisure trip on the lake to enjoy the view, yes it is easy. In fact it can be relaxing. But at the same time, you get to work you upper body and core muscles to keep the vessel steady and going in the right direction.
In a more intense workout like a kayaking competition or a dragon boat race, you can really get those muscles pumping!
Try out our 1 Star kayaking classes and see the benefits yourself!
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4. Scuba diving
This activity would be perfect if you wish to explore the underwater world. Exercising while enjoying a breathtaking view? Now that's a great deal! With each trip into the ocean, you get to steadily improve and maintain your overall fitness and stamina. Breathing is crucial in this sport and it will help you optimize your air consumption so that eventually it becomes natural whether you're in water or on land. Carrying all that scuba gear before diving in would also help strengthen your legs and back.
Check out our next exciting scuba diving adventure here!
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5. Water polo
This aerobic exercise can be quite demanding especially for your heart and lungs but over time, they would become stronger. Water polo uses all major muscle groups especially the large muscles for you to race from one end of the pool to the other fast enough and intercept or throw a ball with power.
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