Do you want to lose weight but hate the idea of heading to the gym or going for a run? Fortunately, there are many ways to incorporate exercise into your weight loss plan. The best plans are centered on activities you already enjoy, and on finding new ones. For the avid outdoorsman or woman, here are some weight loss benefits to three popular outdoor activities.
While fishing may not be the most rigorous of outdoor activities, it is certainly more active than channel surfing. Wading through a stream or river all day is as good as or better than the best resistance training you can do at the gym. Just wading for thirty minutes will burn 200 calories. And standing in the water burns an extra 50 calories an hour.
An additional benefit comes at the end of your fishing trip—fish rich in omega-3s. Doctors recommend eating fish 2-3 times per week for optimum heart health. Fish has high levels of protein and low levels of fat and cholesterol. The healthier your heart is, the easier it will be to stick to your weight loss plan.
Hunting is another great way to get outside and get moving. Hunting requires a lot of hiking, which is wonderful exercise. Hiking at a moderate pace for an hour will burn about 250 calories. Add to that the strength needed to crouch behind trees or shrubbery, and you’ll be burning fat and building muscle in no time.
The meat that you bring back from your hunting trip will also affect your weight loss plan. A popular weight loss plan today, The Hunter/Farmer Diet, seems to be very effective for some followers. Unlike some diets, the goal of this plan is to teach you to eat better for life. According to the diet, Hunters and feel best on a high-protein, low-carb diet. To effectively follow a Hunter diet, hunt poultry and rabbit—they are the leanest meats.
Sticking to your weight loss plan will in turn make you a more skillful hunter and afford you a more pleasant hunting experience. Walking will be easier, you’ll sweat less, and you won’t breathe as hard, which means you’ll be leaving less scent in the air for animals to pick up. So strap on your tactical vest and head out to the woods this weekend.
You should always be in shape when hunting. The guy that is not in shape, has a harder time traversing the wooded area and can’t keep up with the hunt. Don’t be the slow-poke or bad statistic.
Bird watching may seem too sedentary an activity to be on this list, but this quiet hobby has some surprising weight loss benefits. In addition to hiking to and from your designated outlook (which, of course, gets your heart rate going and burns calories), just being in nature will help you slim down. The peaceful chirping of birds and the fresh air will relax you, which is necessary for weight loss. When we are stressed, our bodies produce cortisol, which increases our appetite and tells our body to store fat around the abdomen.
Additionally, being in the sun will prompt your body to produce Vitamin D. Studies suggest that women with healthy levels of Vitamin D are slimmer than those who are deficient. Being outside in the sun will also help you sleep better at night. Sleeping well leads to fewer cravings and more energy for exercise.
Weight Loss Plan
Some people mistakenly think that losing weight has to involve massive amounts of vegetables and agonizing exercise. But slimming down can be as simple as strapping on your boots and grabbing your rod, gun, or binoculars. Make a plan today to regularly engage in your favorite outdoor activity and you’ll be on your way to a happier, more svelte you. The operative word is ‘Active.’ Keeping yourself active will always help you in your quest to be healthy and fit.
Edson Senna is a freelance writer who specializes in health, business, and finance. He prepares for his outdoor excursions with gear from companies like We Got Better Deals.