9 Milwaukee Workouts Ranked by Calories Burned

Calorie counters, start your workouts

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

Bradford Beach

Calories Burned in an hour for a 135 lb. woman / 175 lb. man: 515 / 668
Upside: It doesn’t hurt to dive.
Downside: Sand in crevices you didn’t even know you had.


KAYAKING

Milwaukee Kayak Co.

Calories Burned in an hour for a 135 lb. woman / 175 lb. man: 322 / 418
Upside: You can make a pit stop at Lakefront Brewery.
Downside: That refreshing beer makes paddling back that much harder.


PADDLE BOARDING

Wheel Fun Rentals

Calories Burned in an hour for a 135 lb. woman / 175 lb. man: 387 / 501
Upside: It’s like walking on water.
Downside: One false move, and you’re in the water.


BIKE RIDE

Oak Leaf Trail

Calories Burned in an hour for a 135 lb. woman / 175 lb. man:
<10 mph, leisure: 258 / 334
10-11.9 mph, light: 438 / 568
Upside: A canopy of trees keeps the path shaded and cool.
Downside: No matter how fast you pedal, you can’t escape the mosquitoes.


SKATEBOARDING

West Allis Skate Park

Calories Burned in an hour for a 135 lb. woman / 175 lb. man: 322 / 418
Upside: The speed! The adrenaline rush!
Downside: Hanging out at a skate park looks very suspect if you’re over the age of 21.


TENNIS

Lake Park Courts

Calories Burned in an hour for a 135 lb. woman / 175 lb. man: 470 / 610
Upside: You get to wear such cool outfits.
Downside: Two words: Tennis elbow.


GOLF

Brown Deer Golf Course

Calories Burned in an hour for a 135 lb. woman / 175 lb. man: 348 / 401
Upside: Gets you out of the office for an entire morning/afternoon.
Downside: No one at the office will believe your “sick” story when you return with a sunburn.


FISHING

Estabrook Park

Calories Burned in an hour for a 135 lb. woman / 175 lb. man: 225 / 292
Upside: If you catch dinner (and the Health Department says it’s OK to eat), you can skip going to the grocery store.
Downside: Who’s going to clean that fish? … Better stop at the grocery store.


SWIMMING

Atwater Beach

Calories Burned in an hour for a 135 lb. woman / 175 lb. man: 387 / 501
Upside: It’s a great way to cool down on a hot day.
Downside: Did you read about that flesh-eating disease? Oh, never mind. I’m sure it’s nothing.


‘Burn Data’ appears in Milwaukee Health, a special issue from Milwaukee Magazine.

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Daniel Simmons grew up in St. Paul, Minn., the “good twin” city. He started his writing career covering the midsection for the Mayo Clinic. Since then he’s written about human smuggling by sea in San Diego, the coyote invasion of Chicago and the political circus in Madison. He also got to write about his childhood idol, Larry Bird, for Runners World. He’s the managing editor.