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The Best Ways to Scorch Calories in the Summer

    Yup, this beats that 3-miler I was scheduled for today. (Photo courtesy of Joseph Montezinos)

Yup, this beats that 3-miler I was scheduled for today. (Photo courtesy of Joseph Montezinos)

To say that the heat has hindered my half-marathon training lately would be an understatement. I'm a pretty dedicated runner, but when the temperature is hitting 90 degrees before 9 a.m., I throw in my very sweaty towel.

I managed to escape the heat by heading to the beach this weekend, though I couldn't help but feel guilty that I was missing out on a 3-mile run. But I quickly came to realize that my day of sun and fun was actually a serious strength training session.

Between swimming in the ocean (which can burn up to 400 calories an hour), taking walks (you burn anywhere from 20 to 50 percent more calories on the sand), and playing a quick game of volleyball I managed not only to torch some major calories, but also work upper and lower-body muscles that I normally wouldn't have touched on my usual jog.

Happy that the heat has temporarily subsided today, I made up my weekend run and came to work with slightly more toned biceps than I left with on Friday.

Now tell us: How have you been getting a workout in when the hot weather has kept you from your usual routine?

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