Walking in a Winter Wonderland

February 28, 2011

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Are you tired of being cooped up inside all winter long? Do you needing some activity to take part in outside of your local gym? Well do something about it! There are a variety of winter activities right outside your doorstep that are extremely affordable and extremely fun. The best part - you can burn calories while doing so!

Ice skating is a wonderful winter activity that takes balance, persistence, and patience. The best part about ice skating is that you can do it as leisurely or as intense as you would like. Calorielab.com has an online tool to help you calculator the number of calories burned while participating in a particular activity.  For a 150 pound person, ice skating burns approximately 408 calories per hour. Once you get good you could even try skating over 9 mph or speed skating, which burns approximately 544 and 952 calories per hour, respectively.

Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports and is a great workout. Cross-country skiing burns approximately 476 calories per hour for a 150 pound person and downhill skiing burns approximately 408 calories per hour. Cross-country skiing at a faster pace or uphill can burn even more calories per hours, upwards of more than 1,000.

One greatly underrated winter activity is snowshoeing. Throughout the past few years I have really taken an interest in snowshoeing as it is a great workout and is quite relaxing. Similarly to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing burns approximately 476 calories per hour. Of course you can always increase the workout by climbing up hills and trying to run in the snow.

Finally, who would have thought that sledding and snowmobiling could be a workout? On average, sledding burns as many calories as downhill skiing at 408 calories per hour. 170 calories are burned per hour while snowmobiling.

The next time you’re bored inside when there’s a field of glistening snow outside – GET OUT THERE! Whether it’s sledding and snowshoeing or just having a simple snowball fight, the fresh air will make you feel free and the workout is definitely worth the time.

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