Burn Your Holiday Fats by Trying These Calorie-Burning Sports

By Mommy Donna and Kib - January 04, 2016

When December comes, we attend parties here and there with our family, friends, and colleagues.  Food served on the dining table are really mouth-watering that it makes us eat and eat and eat.  We make it an excuse that since it's a holiday, it is okay that we gain a little bit of weight.   

Surely, the number one on the New Year's resolution list is to be more healthy and shed off the holiday weight we gained, hihi.  

Dr. Nicky Montoya, MediCard president said, "Filipinos are food lovers, and it is truly seen during Christmas season where greasy and high-calorie food are served.  Thus, it is just essential to burn those extra calories to avoid execss fat.  For people who don't want to hit the gym, they can try sports to burn the calories."

I'm also into sports.  When I was younger, I do join some sports activities like running, badminton, swimming, bowling.  I also do mountain-climbing and wall-climbing too.  I am surrounded with friends who are into sports.  Even if some of my friends are already in their 40s, they are still engaged in sports.  I didn't excel in sports, but being engaged into some sport taught me self-discipline and to value health more.  Also, it helps you to be physically fit.  

Bring back your alindog by engaging into sports.  Here are the top calorie-burning sports that you can try after the holidays:

Swimming.  Swimming gives an overall body workout and is great for toning muscles.  Burning up to 800 calories per hour, swimming is one of the best choices if you want to shed those extra pounds for the holidays.  If you have a pool or have access to one, it's time to slip your swimsuit on and do some laps.

Racket Sports.  Grab your racket and get ready to lose those calories you consumed during Christmas parties.  Racket sports such as tennis and badminton are fun sports you can do with your loved ones.  Building lower body strength and endurance, as well as burning up to 900 calories per hour make racket sports and excellent workout options.

Martial Arts.  Learn self-defense and burn calories while practicing martial arts.  Whether judo, tae kwon do or muay thai, martial arts has you moving quickly and in a variety of ways.  It is sure to help you tone muscles by burning up to 1,100 calories per hour.

Running.  This may be the most accessible sport you can get your hands on.  Burns up to 1,500 calories per hour, running is an ideal sport which works every part of your body, from your calves and quads to your abs.  For the best-calorie burning potential, try to keep your speed above 8mph.

Boxing.  Wear those boxing gloves and be game enough to step into the ring.  Whether it's kickboxing or in the ring, boxing is one of the best sports to participate in since it burns up to 800 calories per hour.

Basketball.  Aside from burning up to 900 calories per hour, playing basketball lets you develop flexibility, endurance, and cardiorespiratory health.  But, make sure that you warm up properly before stepping on the court to avoid injuries.

I do hope that for 2016, everybody should really be more focused on taking care of our health.  Having a healthy body is a gift from God, so we must take care of it by keeping a healthy lifestyle.

Happy holidays!

You may visit MediCard's fitness facility at #51 Paseo de Roxas cor. Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City.  For more information, you may also check out their website at www.medicardphils.com.

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  1. I really love swimming. I wish we had more clean public pools around here. There's a public pool near me but my husband doubts its cleanliness. I've been there a few times and didn't get sick though... haha.


    1. I know the feeling, haha, public pools are not well-maintained here :) I just did some laps at Ace Water Spa last holiday break but there were lots of people too, waaah!