Shorter days and lower temperatures paired with holiday feasts are often the cause of decreased activity and exercise. While we’d all love to spend the chilly winter evenings curled up by the fire drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate, it’s nice to be able do that without feeling guilty. Luckily, there are 10 small things you can do to keep burning calories this winter!
One of the more traditional winter activities, skiing, burns anywhere from 350 to 650 calories per hour depending on skill level and type of skiing. So if you’re lucky enough to live near a ski area, you should definitely take advantage of this winter calorie blaster.
Don’t let the snow keep you inside and inactive, let it help you burn calories! Snowshoeing burns about 563 calories an hour and the best part is that it takes very little skill, just strap on some snowshoes and get walking.
Walking is a great moderately low-impact form of exercise you can do year round. Plus bundling up for a winter walk burns even more calories. Walking at brisk pace burns about 250 to 300 calories an hour.
Using a stability ball or exercise ball is a good way to burn calories during the winter when you just can’t bear to leave your cozy home for a jog or trip to the gym. These large inflated vinyl balls can be used to work the cork, assist in crunches, pushups, leg lifts, or squats and improves balance, which burns calories on its own.
This one works particularly well with younger children. Have a family fun hour (or more) at least three times a week. During this time you can do winter obstacle races, make snow angels, ski, sled, ice skating, snowball fights, and more.
Take the Stairs
When rushing in from the cold it’s tempting to just slide into the heated elevator, however by taking the stairs you can quickly warm your body up while burning calories at the same time!
Ice skating is another fun winter activity that you can enjoy with friends and family. This fun exercise can burn 374 calories per hour.
Yes, perhaps more than any other season, finding a close parking space in the winter seems of utmost importance. But, if possible you should try parking as far away as possible, the quick walk in the cold will give you a calorie burning boost of energy.
Snow creates more than picturesque scenery, it also sets you up with a great workout! Don’t be annoyed with snow clearing anymore, as snow shoveling burs 550 calories an hour while simply clearing the now off your car in the morning can easily burn 100 calories within 10 minutes.
If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous try snowboarding, it can burn about 350 calories in a half hour.