Get in the Swing of Things
Try your hand at the driving range for 62 minutes, or better yet, sign up for the Get Golf Ready program. For only $99, you'll pair up with an LPGA or a PGA pro who will give you and other "swingers" five hour-long lessons. You'll learn everything you need to know to play, including how to drive, chip, putt and score (as well as how to rock sweater vests, plaid knickers and knee socks). Locate a participating club in your area. Once you're ready to play 9 or 18 holes, forgo the golf cart and walk the course instead—you'll scorch nearly 50 percent more calories per minute.
Meet in the Dark Alley
Round up your pals and head to the bowl-orama. Even if you have a light beer, you'll still strike 200 calories in 90 minutes.* (Skip the beer, and you can do it in about an hour.)
*Calculations based on a 135-pound woman.
Pimp out your bike with a Peterboro wooden basket ($34; REI.com) and an Electra I ♥ My Bike bell ($8; REI.com). Then "run" your errands—to the market, the wine shop, the bakery—on two wheels. You'll burn 200 calories in 23 minutes (or 4.6 miles) of pedaling.
Strike a Pose
Vinyasa yoga, the kind in which you move fluidly from pose to pose, torches more than 7 calories per minute, making it twice as efficient as pilates in terms of sheer calorie burn. Try a butt-firming Vinyasa workout, or take a class. You'll zap those 200 calories (and get flexy and sexy!) in the first 29 minutes.
Leash up your pooch for a 2-mile walk (about 40 minutes) to burn about 140 calories. Then give him a 10-minute bath (38 calories), preferably outside, and yourself a 15-minute bubble bath (24 calories), preferably inside. You'll be one well-groomed pair.
Build Your Own Boot Camp
Try this 30-minute circuit workout from Ruben Belliard, co-owner of Warrior Fitness Boot Camp in New York City. All you need is a pencil and paper, a watch, a chair and a set of dumbbells heavy enough so your 10th rep is difficult but not impossible. Warm up for five minutes, using your choice of cardio. Then do one minute of each of the following moves, pausing only to jot down the number of reps you completed: jumping jacks, push-ups, crunches, biceps curls with dumbbells, lunges, overhead presses (holding a dumbbell in each hand, extend to ceiling, then lower), squats, planks, triceps dips on a chair, mountain climbers (in push-up position, alternate bringing one knee at a time toward chest). Repeat, trying to complete even more reps than you did in your first set. Cool down for five minutes.
Book a spontaneous getaway at LastMinute.com. (You may be able to get 70 percent off.) You'll burn 200 calories before you even arrive by taking four minutes total to carry your suitcases to the car, then to baggage drop (hauling a 25-pound load burns 4.8 calories a minute), then reading your self on the plane for three hours—sitting simmers a little more than 1 calorie a minute. Bon voyage!
Sock It to an Avartar
Of course, you could hop in a real boxing ring and spar with a human partner for seven 3-minute rounds, but if you pop in your Wii Sports and box virtually, you'll be less likely to see stars—and more likely to look like a star (read: no broken noses or fat lips). Create an avatar that resembles your ex (or office meanie or boss or noisy neighbor) and throw some harmless—but seriously arm-toning!—punches for 26 minutes. Catharsis never felt this good.
Spend 26 minutes raking the leaves on your lawn into heaping piles (120 calories)—don't forget to jump in a few times!—and another 15 minutes carting them to the compost pile (80 calories). You'll not only torch 200 calories, but by spring, your bin will be full of rich, all-natural fertilizer and you'll be ready to plant a garden. Check out these composting how-tos, courtesy of How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew(Ballantine), as well as tons of fresh vegetable-based recipes. That's about as locally grown as it gets!
Plunge Right In
Go deep! You'll sizzle 200 calories in 27 minutes taking a scuba lesson. Three great reasons to try: Diving burns more calories per minute (7.5!) than working on the elliptical (7). You'll feel weightless while you exercise. And it gives you an airtight excuse to fly off to some gorgeous tropical place—you know, in the name of fitness. What could be better? (An adorable instructor, perhaps?) Locate a scuba course near you at PADI.com.
Clean Your Wheels
Cruise past the car wash and save 12 bucks. Instead, slip on some shorts and flip-flops, crank up your radio and hose down your wheels (and hubs and roof) for 31 sudsy minutes. Spend another 31 minutes drying and waxing your car and soon you'll spy the reflection of your buff bod in your buffed ride.
Have a Stairing Contest
Set aside 15 minutes, stand at the bottom of a flight of stairs, and do superfast step-ups. Leading with the same leg, step up and down a single stair 30 times; switch legs and repeat. Then do 10 incline push-ups with your hands on the stairs. Repeat this three-minute cycle five times.
Start Kidding Around
Log on to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America website and volunteer to be a buddy to a young girl in need. Take your new pal to the local park for some old-fashioned frolicking in the grass: Turn cartwheels and somersaults for 10 minutes (43 calories), swing side by side on the swing set for 21 minutes (113 calories), and finish with a five-minute game of tag (44 calories). Giggling burns calories, too!
Make a U-Turn
Feel the need for speed? This 20-minute interval fun-run was designed by Jerry Macari, creator of the RunUrban training program in New York City: Jog for 10 minutes at an easy pace. (On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is watching Dancing With the Stars and 10 is competing on it, aim for a 4.) After 10 minutes, do an about-face and run hard (aim for a level 8 or 9) for two minutes. Rest for 30 seconds. Repeat four more times.
Set out on a Dandelion Hunt
Be a weekend weeding warrior! Spend about 40 minutes picking pesky dandelions from your yard. Use the yellow flower petals (you'll need about 2 quarts) to make your very own sweet-as-sunshine dandelion wine. Store the brew for six weeks, then chill, pour and toast your can-do spirit. Find the recipe at Self.com.
Take the Late-Night Make-Out Challenge
For the next 10 weeknights, climb into bed with your honey and tune in to a late-night talk show. Whenever there's a commercial break, start kissing and don't stop until your favorite gap-toothed, big-chinned or deadpan-delivery host returns. You'll lock lips for about 18 minutes a night—the total commercial time per hour, according to TNS Media, a media analysis company. Smooching burns 1.1 calories a minute, so you'll kiss off 200 calories in 10 nights.
Master the "Single Ladies" Dance (Finally!)
No doubt, this song will be played at every bar, club, wedding and bar mitzvah you attend for the rest of your life. Learn the moves! Warm up like Beyoncé with pliés: Stand with heels together, toes out. Keeping your back straight, lower into a squat for eight counts. View the video on YouTube and practice for 29 minutes, or about nine times through the 3:13 song—you'll know the steps, the lyrics and how it feels to be Sasha Fierce!
Kick Some Grass
Join a local soccer team (locate one at Active.com) or hop into regular pickup games in the park, and see how many goals you can score in only 27 minutes. Research from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark shows that women who take up soccer as their new exercise routine sculpt stronger legs faster than those who take up running. They're more likely to stick with it, too.
Discover a Swimming Hole
For homegrown directions (e.g., "You'll see a sign painted on a rock; follow the creek for a mile") to some gorgeous and swimmable rivers, quarries or waterfalls in your state, log on to SwimmingHoles.org. Many require a short off-road trek, but you'll scorch all 200 calories with a brisk 10-minute hike there, a 10-minute splash in the water and a 10-minute hike back to your car. Don't forget to bring your camera—these hidden spots are usually picturesque.
Wrap Up in Snuggie
On a rainy Sunday, it's the best way to hibernate: Cozy into your couch for three hours and 14 minutes of your favorite DVD. Did you know thatTitanic, by now a classic, is exactly that long? Sigh. Leo.
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