At this point in the year, with sub-zero temps and snowstorms galore, many people have moved their workouts indoors. But what happens if you can’t get to the gym? Here are five workouts to help you stay on top of your exercise routine (and get a great workout in the process!)
It turns out that everyone’s least favorite winter activity provides an excellent workout. From squats with the shovel to the upper body workout accompanied with shoveling mountains of snow out of your driveway, shoveling snow melts away calories. The average United States female burns around 450 calories an hour shoveling snow, according to Harvard Medical School. You can combine squats, lunges, and dead-lifts with your snow shoveling to maximize your caloric burn.
Running up and down a hill with your sled in the snow burns an incredible number of calories. 563 calories an hour, to be exact. Even if the slope is just a small one, and maybe just in your front yard, having to run up a hill in the resistance that the snow provides helps burn away fat and calories. Plus, sledding is a great way to get other members of your family healthy and active as well!
3. Skiing and Snowboarding
Downhill skiing and snowboarding burn approximately the same number of calories. Snowboarding tends to burn less on flat surfaces, as many snowboarders will unstrap their snowboard. However, skiers tend to keep their skis on and propel themselves with their poles, leading to an incredible upper-body workout. Still stuck on which one you want to try on your next snow day or trip to the mountains? Snowboarding tends to give you a flat, toned stomach, while skiing will help you get the butt and thighs that you’ve always wanted.
4. Ice Skating
Probably one of the more fun activities on this list, ice skating burns a staggering 500 calories per hour. Ice skating combines a great cardiovascular exercise with an intense lower body workout. But look before you skate– it can be dangerous to skate on frozen lakes that aren’t deep enough to hold your weight. Before starting to ice skate, make sure to measure the ice. If the ice is more than four inches deep, it is more than likely safe to skate on. If the ice is blue, green, or clear, that is more than likely a sign it is okay to ice skate on without risk of falling through. White ice indicates ice covered by snow, and dark ice generally means that the ice is too thin to skate on. Make sure that you’re safe when you’re burning your calories!
There’s just something about the way snow paints everything in a different light. Even going for a walk in the snow burns calories– snowshoeing burns 550 calories an hour, but even a stroll in your snow boots will melt calories. Shivering melts away 400 calories an hour, and the resistance of the snow will ensure that your stroll is truly a workout.
What snow day workout do you want to try this winter? Leave a comment below with your favorite snowy exercise!