10 Fun Winter Activities that Torch Calories

Winter fitness can be fun for everyone! Have a 30-minute snowball fight and you’ll burn 200-400 calories. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Colder temperatures and shorter days might make you want to hibernate. But once the snow hits, bundle up, head outside and try one (or all!) of these activities to have fun and get fit (via Care2.com):

  1. Sledding is an aerobic workout that requires using multiple muscle groups to steer down hills. Walking back up is equally beneficial because it works your legs and glutes. Sledding for 30 minutes on a medium-sized hill burns about 240 calories. (Note: all calorie burns are based on a 150-pound person.)
  2. Cross-country skiing is one of winter’s most effective workouts because it works both your upper and lower body. Thirty minutes of cross-country skiing can burn up to 340 calories.
  3. Downhill skiing requires balance and lower body strength, and can burn about 240 calories in 30 minutes.
  4. Ice skating is a great and affordable fitness activity for the whole family, and burns about 240 calories every 30 minutes when skating around the rink at a respectable speed.
  5. Snowshoeing is a total body workout that strengthens both your leg muscles and your cardiovascular system. In 30 minutes, a 150-pound person will burn about 270 calories snowshoeing.
  6. Playing in the snow¬†with your family can burn anywhere from 200 to 400 calories in 30 minutes, depending on what you’re doing. Try building a fort, building a snowman, having a snowball fight and making snow angels. Too much snow? Shoveling can burn 200-300 calories in 30 minutes, too.
  7. Snow tubing is an excellent cardio workout that can torch between 200-300 calories every 30 minutes. At a resort? Choose to walk back up the hill instead of taking the ski lift for the best workout.
  8. Touch football. No snow needed for this one, and it burns 200-300 calories every 30 minutes.
  9. Walking or jogging is an easy (and free!) way to explore your neighborhood or local park. Go on a holiday lights adventure and see how your neighbors have decorated their homes for the holidays, or collect pinecones in a nearby park or on a park trail. Walking 3 miles per hour burns 112 calories in 30 minutes, and jogging easily burns 200-300 calories in the same time frame. If you’re out in the dark, be sure to wear reflective clothing.
  10. Ice hockey is known as a Minnesota sport, and its health and fitness benefits are similar to ice skating, yet often more intense. Grab a few friends for a pickup game and you can burn 200 calories in a 20-minute period.



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