When you exercise on a piece of cardio equipment at the gym, you can instantly see how many calories you’re burning. (Although, a warning, those numbers are rarely spot-on.) But for those of us who like to take advantage of the winter and be active outdoors, it’s a little harder to guess the calories you burn. So let us help you! Use the following as a rough guide—we calculated the calories with the help of Health Discovery for a 150-pound woman doing each activity for an hour. The more you weigh, the more calories you’ll be burning (and vice versa).
Cross-country skiing: 576
Ice skating: 504
Downhill skiing and snowboarding: 432
Shoveling snow: 432
Looking for a cool park to explore on your snowshoes? Check out MI Big Green Gym, which is an initiative to get people playing in Michigan parks. First, find a park near you here. Don’t have a state park pass? MI Big Green Gym has passes at more than 500 libraries around the state that you can check out and use for free.
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