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Which summer sports burn the most calories?

Even if the heat sometimes makes it very difficult, summer is simply the best time of year to exercise outside. Because stuffy fitness rooms are definitely not the best place to work out in high temperatures. In today's blog post, we show you which summer sports burn the most calories.


Cycling is a favourite sport in summer. This is because short distances that you would normally travel by car can be covered by bike in summer. It keeps you fit and the exercise in the fresh air also puts you in a good mood. Cycling also strengthens the legs and the immune system and has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. However, it is less strenuous and therefore does not burn as many calories as other sports. Depending on the intensity, you burn around 200 calories in 30 minutes with this sport.


Hiking is perfect for beginners or those returning to the sport, as the gentle physical exertion is easy on the joints and improves endurance. It also has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system. Calorie consumption varies depending on the type of walking. On average, you burn around 150 kcal in 30 minutes.


Swimming is a real classic among summer sports. In hot temperatures, this sport is of course perfect for cooling off. Overweight people and patients with musculoskeletal problems in particular benefit from this sport, as the joints and bones are protected in the water. The risk of injury is also very low. Swimming also increases endurance and works many muscles. Light swimming training consumes around 500 kcal per hour. Would you like to increase your stamina?


The net ball game is a popular sport in summer as it works all muscle groups. In addition to good technique, endurance is also important. Badminton should not be confused with badminton, as in badminton the ball must be kept in play for as long as possible so that the opponent can easily hit it back. In badminton, you try to outwit your opponent by placing the ball in a targeted manner in order to score more points. Depending on the intensity, this sport therefore consumes around 200 kcal per 30 minutes.


Tennis is a great leisure activity that builds endurance and strength. The frequent sprints and many changes of direction put a strain on the legs and calves in particular. But you can also specifically train your arm and shoulder muscles with this ball sport. Furthermore, feeling for the ball and reaction speed are also required. In 30 minutes, you burn around 250 kcal.

Stand up paddling

Stand-up paddling (SUP) is currently one of the most popular summer sports. The athlete uses a kind of surfboard and a paddle to get around. Stand up paddling is a whole-body workout, as the upper body, legs and centre of the body are trained through the balance requirements. You can adjust the speed individually. You can burn around 600 kcal in one hour.

Beach volleyball

Beach volleyball is all about stamina, speed and strength. The leg and core muscles in particular are required to maintain balance on the soft surface. The arm and shoulder muscles are also very important in this ball sport. A beach volleyball player burns around 500 kcal per hour.

Inline skating

Inline skating is an effective sport for burning a lot of calories in a short space of time. At a moderate speed, you burn about 420 kcal per hour, while fast skating burns almost 400 kcal in 30 minutes! The sport also trains the gluteal, leg and calf muscles and trains coordination.


Jogging is one of the most popular leisure activities in summer. Regular running increases endurance, strengthens the immune system and the cardiovascular system, especially blood circulation. As you don't need any special equipment (apart from suitable running shoes), jogging can be easily integrated into your everyday life. Jogging is a very effective way to burn a lot of calories in a short space of time. Jogging for 30 minutes at 6 kilometres per hour burns around 350 kcal. Short sprints can also be incorporated to further promote fat burning.

Important for summer sports: Drink plenty of fluids, avoid the midday heat, don't forget sun protection and dress appropriately for the heat. Want to improve your performance even more? Then reach for our Sports supplements!


Physically demanding sports generally consume more calories. Sports that use many different muscle groups also burn more calories. For example, beach volleyball burns more calories than hiking or cycling. It should be borne in mind that calorie consumption also depends on body weight and gender. The calories mentioned above are only average values.