With warmer weather just around the corner, many people will start looking for ways to shed those few extra pounds of winter weight. Exercising and working out are great ways to make sure that you are physically fit and healthy, but did you know that there is another way to burn calories? The answer is simple: by having fun and going on an adventure by attending a carnival or festival. Here are some ways that you can burn calories while having fun at these outdoor events.
Skip the Junk Food
Carnival food may seem delicious in the short-term and in moderation it may not be so bad. However, there is nothing healthy about deep-fried confections or cheap hot dogs. The high amounts of sugar in soda can cause your blood sugar levels to spike and drop, causing to feel worse during physical activity. Instead, eat a healthy meal before you arrive, so you will be less prone to needless snacking. If you feel that you need to munch on something while you are there, drink lots of water and sports drinks, and opt for healthier food choices such as peanuts or popcorn.
Most fairs and festivals have some kind of extreme sports equipment, such as rock climbing walls, mobile zip lines, or other thrilling contraptions. These are a great way to get your adrenaline pumping and can be quite a workout. In fact, if you weigh over 200 pounds, you could burn up to 727 calories while you are rock climbing. If you find that you enjoy your time rock climbing at the carnival, check out a local rock climbing gym, like Adventures In Climbing, once you get home.
Waiting is (Not) the Hardest Part
While standing in line for rides is many people's least favorite part of attending a carnival, it can actually be very beneficial for getting fit. The simple act of walking around and standing in line for a few hours is enough to actually burn almost 275 calories in a person weighing 200 pounds. So, instead of skipping the really cool rides because of a long wait, go ahead and get in line. Let the ride be your reward for all of that hard work you are doing by standing in line.
An outdoor festival or carnival may seem like one of the least likely places to get a good workout. However, if you make a few healthy choices, you could burn over a thousand calories in just one night of attendance. So, do you want to go to the fair?