Best Ways to Burn Calories Outdoors this Winter

Don’t let winter weather disrupt your exercise and fitness routine.

The snow can actually make some activities more challenging and therefore more beneficial when it comes to burning calories. It can also provide some workout options that aren’t available in warmer seasons – think cross-country skiing and even shoveling snow for a quick hit of cardio. Just remember to stay safe if you haven’t cleared your driveway in awhile.

Shoveling snow is not the only winter exercise available in the chilly months; many activities can help you burn off hundreds of calories and are enjoyable, too! The list below shows the number of calories burned per hour, based on a person who weighs 150 pounds. Note that the more you weigh, the more calories you burn while performing these winter activities:

Cross-country Skiing 612 calories
Snow-shoeing 544 calories
Ice skating 476 calories
Sledding 476 calories
Shoveling snow 408 calories
Splitting firewood 408 calories

Think of the fun you could have this weekend taking the family on a cross-country skiing adventure; everyone would love it. And when is the last time you went ice skating? Not much beats the feeling of lacing up your blades and swooshing your way around the skating rink; the warmth of the sun reflecting off the smooth ice, the lively music blaring from the rink’s speakers, the effortlessness of the glide … well, you get the picture!

And you have to admit that the kids would love it if you decided to surprise them with a day of sledding. Grab that sled or toboggan from the dusty corner in the basement and head towards the hill of your choice. No matter what the weather is, find a way to incorporate some form of exercise into your day. It’s fun, a change of scenery, and it’s good for you (and your heart!).

How do you plan to get out and enjoy the snow this season? Let us know in the comments.

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