Fitness & Exercise
Quick Ways to Burn 100 Calories in the Snow
Don’t Scrap Your Exercise Plan, Modify It
When there’s ice and snow on the roads and sidewalks, jogging or biking may not be practical. That may be one reason why many people gain between five and 10 pounds each year during winter, according to the Farmers’ Almanac. Winter chores can provide built-in opportunities for exercise, and there are several winter sports that can do the trick as well. Here are some ways to burn 100 calories (or even more) while making the most of the snow.
Wintertime may call for clearing snow from driveways and walking paths. Snow shoveling is a big calorie burner—according to Harvard Medical School, a person who weighs 125 pounds can burn close to 100 calories in just 15 minutes. If you weigh more, you’ll burn more! So bundle up, grab a shovel, and burn some calories the old-fashioned way.
Using a Snow Blower
You might think that it doesn’t take much effort to operate a walking snow blower, assuming that the machine does all of the work. But it takes less than a half hour of doing this activity for a 125-pound person to burn 100 calories, Harvard Medical School says. Someone who weighs 185 pounds will burn 100 calories in just 15 minutes.
It may be an unpleasant task, but according to the Farmers’ Almanac, scraping ice off windshields or other surfaces can count as a workout. Thirty minutes of this task nets a 150-pound person just over 100 calories. Do yourself—and your neighbors—a favor by de-icing nearby cars. You’ll increase your calorie burn and spread goodwill.
Chopping and Stacking Wood
What better way to reap the reward of your winter chores than to chop wood? At the end, a toasty fire awaits you. As you relax by its glow, you can also bask in the knowledge that you burned about 100 calories from 15 minutes of chopping, the Almanac estimates. For extra credit, spend another 15 minutes stacking some of the wood for a future fire, and you’ll burn close to another 100 calories.
Cross-country and Downhill Skiing
If you’re tired of chores, strap on a pair of Nordic skis and head out the door. Cross-country skiing provides one of the biggest bangs for your exercising buck, burning well over 100 calories in 15 minutes (and over 510 calories an hour for a 150-pound person). Too tame for your tastes? Try downhill skiing. Though you’ll burn around 135 fewer calories per hour, you’ll still net close to 100 calories for every 15 minutes that you spend flying down the slopes.
Nothing will put you in the holiday spirit faster than gliding outdoors in the fresh winter air on ice skates. Whether you “get your skate on” at a seasonal ice rink or on a frozen river (be sure to check with your parks service before testing the ice), you’ll burn just over 100 calories for 15 minutes of fun.
A 150-pound person can burn over 100 calories with just 15 minutes of sledding. While the fun of it is going downhill, the climb back up to the top is where you get the workout. Going for just two or three runs will get your blood pumping and the calories burning. Grab the kids, get the snowboots on, and sled your way to shedding some extra winter pounds.