By Jennifer Walsh
It’s that time of year once again when we want to be outside as long as possible and enjoy those endless summer days. Many of us, like our team at BELLA, love to enjoy the sun, the warm breeze, and tons of time in any body of water. It’s also a great time of year to enjoy outdoor activities that allow you to throw on a bathing suit and get a great workout without even trying. (Now who doesn’t love that?!)
We paired a few of our favorite summer activities with some great swimsuits and even reveal how many calories you can burn doing them.
Before you “dive” right into your favorite, don’t forget to lather up with sun protection and a great hat. Here’s our go-to for summer safety: First Aid Beauty, Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 – $28, FirstAidBeauty.com
A Happy H20 Day
The Salting hat company offers a wide selection of stylish hats to ensure hours in the sun and lots of protection. Our favorite this season is the Tracker Hat Campari. $250, TheSalting.com
If you’ve got your heart set on a fun swim to keep cool and burn some calories, opt for our favorite suit from Echo New York—the Floral Low-V Back One Piece. The cut is very flattering and supportive—if you need to dive under some waves, you won’t have to worry about your swimsuit coming down. $99, EchoNewYork.com
A casual one-hour swim can burn up to 600 calories.
Hit the waters with Retrospec’s Coaster Single Inflatable Kayak. Only 31 pounds, this kayak is easy to transport and perfect for any body of water. Just get paddling. $499.99, Retrospec.com
Our pick for a great suit to pair with this activity is The Malibu from Andie. The brand moves so well with the body and offers great coverage. Even better—it is an inclusive brand offering sizes from 0-26. $95, AndiesSwim.com
Kayaking for an hour can burn around 300-500 calories depending on your weight and the speed at you’re paddling.
Grab a Bike and Go
If your ideal way of transportation is biking to the beach or pool, we have the perfect one for you. Priority Coast is a fun beach cruiser you can ride along the water’s edge, sand, boardwalk, or wherever you may go. Don’t worry about getting the chains sandy or wet—they don’t rust! $599, PriorityBikes.com
Fair Harbor Clothing’s The Corliss Short and matching The Corliss Sport Bra keep you covered and are also made from breathable fabric in addition to upcycled plastic. This brand is all about capturing a beach lifestyle. Shorts: $58, Bra: $58, FairHarborClothing.com
A leisurely bike ride can burn close to 275 calories in an hour.
Whether you’re just dipping your toes into paddle boarding or are an expert, Thurosurf’s Waterwalker 120 All-around SUPhas you covered. This inflatable board is ideal for those who are a bit shorter, great for teens, and even your favorite four-legged friend. It weighs only 32 pounds so it’s easy to grab, carry, and inflate as needed. Did we mention how sleek and good looking it is?! $599, ThursoSurf.com
Bravissimo’s Langkawi One Piece is perfect for a day out on a paddleboard. Super stylish and colorful, this suit has great gathered wrap detail, and the straps are adjustable so it will move with your body.
Get ready to burn between 300-400 calories during an hour of paddle boarding.
Hit the Surf
If you are hoping to learn to surf this summer or you’re an old pro, we have you covered. Andrew Zinicola is an artist who puts his love of art into creating unique and beautiful surfboards. It’s like surfing on a piece of art! Prices vary, Andrew-Zinicola.com
Athleta Pacifica Illume Fitted Tank is great for a day shredding the surf. This tank is breathable and made for hours in the water, plus it features UPF coverage—and a pocket! Pair it with the Clean Medium Bottom, which comes in many colors and sizes. Tank: $64, Bottoms: $44, Athleta.Gap.com
An hour of surfing can burn 300-500 calories.
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