Want to feel the sun on your face this summer, shrink your waist, and help the environment? Give one of these eco friendly activities a try.
Team up the Gramd Canyon Trust Volunteers: on a free six day backpacking trip to remove invasive trees from the banks of the Paria River. You'll work your entire body and burn 500 calories per hour. Go to http://www.gcvolunteers.org/ for information.
Take to the woods with the American Hiking Society: on a week long vacation in a state or nation park ($245, including lodging and meals: www.americanhiking.org
Between hiking and clearing paths, shoveling and repairing walls, you'll work off 480 calories an hour.
Give the seafloor a sweet during the Ocean Conservancy: International Coastal Cleanup. On September 20, colunteers will scuba dive for debris, torching 240 calories per half hour in the process. For information, visit, www.oceanconservancy.org
Gather you pals for a day of canoeing for the American Rivers: National River Cleanup. Log on to www.americanrivers.org and you'll get free bags to collect trash that ends up in our waterways. Bonus: paddling ticks away more than 200 calories per hour!