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Women in bikini posing for olympic weight loss

You don’t need to be Misty May-Treanor or Michael Phelps to get the health benefits from summer Olympic sports like beach volleyball and swimming, especially not when you live in sunny Orlando, Florida.

Sure, 80% of your weight loss comes from adhering to a healthy diet program, like the Zone-based diet program at Calla Slimspa Medical Weight Loss Center, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while you are losing weight. Doctors, nutritionists, and personal trainers will tell you that in addition to eating healthy, you’ll need to move your body in order to lose weight. But you don’t have to be confined to the hamster wheel at the gym. Take a page from the summer Olympic athletes and use some of their favorite sports to help you burn excess calories.

Here Are Some of the Olympic Sports That Will Help You Burn Those Excess Calories and Lose Weight Quick!

(calories based on 180lb person)

  • Rowing | 600
  • Moderate Canoeing | 572
  • Singles Tennis | 654
  • Doubles Tennis | 490
  • Competitive Basketball | 654
  • Table Tennis | 327
  • Soccer | 572
  • Leisurely Cycling | 327
  • Moderate Cycling | 654
  • Vigorously Cycling | 817
  • Boxing (punching bag) | 490
  • Boxing (sparring) | 735
  • Fencing | 490
  • Golf | 368
  • Taekwondo | 817
  • Swimming (leisure) | 490
  • Swimming (freestyle slow) | 572
  • Beach Volleyball | 654
  • Water Polo | 817
  • Archery | 286

Orlando has great weather year-round that will allow you to participate even in these outdoor “summer” sports all year long so take advantage!

In order to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you take in so have some fun while you burn those calories. Lacking motivation? Get one of your friends or family members to join you. In addition to boosting your weight loss efforts, some of the other benefits of regular exercise include decreasing your risks for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, back pain, and osteoporosis as well as improving your mood and your ability to manage stress. So invoke your inner summer Olympic athlete today!

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