At the first sign of frost many people who happily spend most of their year hiking, jogging and biking outdoors head for the great indoors. While there is nothing wrong with this, there are many snowy activities that are not only fun – but burn tons of calories! Plus getting outside and getting sun exposure can help improve you mood, boost your immune system, and possibly prevent chronic illness. So what are you waiting for? Grab some friends and try …
Wait, zipping down the side of a snowy slope counts as exercise? Why yes my friend, it does. We also think it might be one of the most fun ways to burn 362 calories an hour. It’s not so much the zooming down that burns calories, but more the trekking back up, which will work your legs and glutes. The sledding bit isn’t a total waste though, keeping your balance and steering also helps work your core muscles.
Think shuffleboard on ice. While not the most high-intensity workout (okay, it’s more of a pastime than sport), this activity doesn’t exclude anyone. But don’t let its low intensity and easy pace fool you – you can still burn up to 265 calories per hour.
While you might not be at the level of Michelle Kwan or Dorothy Hamill, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great workout while out on the ice. The number one requirement for this workout? Balance. Staying up-right on a single-blade skate will work all the small-group muscles that keep you vertical. So how many calories can you expect to burn? About 460 per hour.
This is winter’s answer to rock climbing, and you can expect to burn 545 calories an hour doing it. What makes this sport appealing to many is the interaction with the ice, because it is a natural element (that melts!) routes are constantly changing, meaning you have to be very aware of your surroundings.