Olympic Inspired Weight Loss Sports Activities

Have the super fit athletes of the 2012 London Games inspired you to get moving? You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to add an Olympic sport to your fitness regime!

Swimming

Follow in the footsteps of Michael Phelps and head for the pool. Swimming is low impact, taking the pressure off your joints while working practically all of the muscles in the body. Depending on your weight and exertion level, 30 minutes of swimming can help you burn up to 215-765 calories.

For courses and information visit usaswimming.org/

Cycling

Suitable for any age or fitness level, cycling helps weight loss as it burns calories, improves health and gets you out and about. Depending on your weight and exertion level cycling will help you lose weight by burning off between 75-670 calories in a half hour session.

For courses and information visit adventurecycling.org/

Tennis

Take to the court like Serena Williams and you could burn up to 400 calories in 30 minutes. According to one Harvard study, people who participate in tennis three hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause,

For courses and information visit usahockey.com/

Canoeing/Kayaking

Great for building upper body strength, kayaking will help you tone up your arms, back, shoulders and chest. An added plus? You’ll get to spend quality time outdoors while burning up to 230 calories per hour.

For courses, classes and information visit americancanoe.org/

Taekwondo

Learn self-defense while toning muscles, building stamina and confidence. An added bonus? Just half an hour of Taekwondo can burn up to 240 calories.

For courses, classes and information visit teamusa.org/USA-Taekwondo

Table Tennis

Who doesn’t have fun playing table tennis? The high-speed energetic game improves eye-hand coordination and can help the average person burn 272 calories an hour.

For courses, classes and information visit teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Clubs-and-Colleges

So if you’re bored of the gym and your daily walk around the block, add an Olympian-inspired twist to your regime and let the games begin!

Your Doctors Weight Loss Center of Cary can help you find an exercise program that can play a role in your personalized medical weight loss program. 



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