Teff might be an ancient grain, but it's getting a lot of attention in contemporary kitchens. That's partly because the health benefits of teff make it a great addition to anyone's cooking game, and, oh yea, it tastes pretty good too.
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Admittedly, this one is a stretch when it comes to the fitness impact. Sure, those weighted sand bags give your arms a little workout, and, yes, it requires some hand-eye coordination that we think is good to keep practicing; but it's the competitive spirit, the accessibility for a person of any age or ability, and the inevitable vitamin D boost from the summertime rays that keep us coming back for more.
Yes, this one takes a little more organization for a full-fledged game, but if you pull it off, it's not only perfect for keeping large groups entertained, it also is one of the best cardiovascular workouts out there. In just thirty minutes, you can burn about 277 calories thanks to running short and fast routes. Plus, it requires you test your agility and balance with every dodge and move. (Follow your game with Winning Tailgate Foods for Football Season.)
We thought this schoolyard throwback was cool again as soon as we found out that it could burn up to 277 calories per hour. Added bonus: All you need is one tiny ball and a few friends. Talk about a low-maintenance workout!
Frisbee (Ultimate or Not)
According to Fitbit ambassador Harley Pasternak, frisbee is one of the best ways to clock in some extra aerobic work. Your heart rate will soar and, if you play it on the beach, the extra resistance turns the playful backyard sport into a serious muscle toner. After an hour and 208 calories, you'll be ready for some much needed post-game R&R. (We're not kidding: You can Build Serious Strength on the Sand.)
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