There are so many fun fitness activities in summer! From splashing in the pool  to hiking and playing football, it's a great time of year to get outside. One of our favorite summer sports to play though is beach volleyball. Not only is beach volleyball fun, but it's an excellent workout. Read on for three reasons why you should try beach volleyball!

3 Reasons Why Beach Volleyball Is a Good Workout

1. It burns calories. Because you're in the sand, which is an unstable surface that's harder to move in than on grass or concrete, an hour-long game of beach volleyball burns quite a few calories. From all the running, jumping and diving, you can expect to burn 484 calories an hour.

2. It's a full-body workout. Beach volleyball uses every part of your body. You use your arms, shoulders and chest to bump, spike and serve the volleyball; you use your legs to run through that sand and squat down to reach the volleyball; and you use your core to stay balanced while you do all that. Beach volleyball is truly a full-body workout!

3. It doesn't feel like "working out." This is perhaps the best reason of all! Because you're so focused on the beach volleyball game and getting to the ball, you forget about how hard you're working or how many minutes you've been playing. It's a game, and it's easy to play for more than an hour without even realizing it!

Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.
 

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