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5 Ways to Burn Winter Calories and Where to Do It

by Matthew Wexler
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Dec 28, 2018

It's only a matter of time before much of the U.S. is, once again, blanketed in snow. It can be tempting to spend a lazy weekend indoors binging on Netflix and ordering delivery or groceries. Boston-based Derek Maxfield, franchise owner and trainer of Fitness Together, a one-on-one personal training studio, encourages people to get up and get out this winter.

According to Maxfield, it's possible to enjoy a relaxing weekend at home and still squeeze in some physical activity, even if making it to the gym is just not going to happen. With the holidays comes a surplus of decadent foods, drinks and minimal physical activity, making winter one of the unhealthiest seasons of the year. To avoid injury, he recommends stretching and warming up your body before any activity. When you go from no movement to something as intense as throwing a snowball or shoveling snow, your risk for shoulder and back injury drastically increases.

Here are a few activities Maxfield recommends for getting active in the winter season:

Snowball Fight — Lobbing snowballs and running around your yard or a nearby park can have a major payoff . A one-hour snowball fight can burn around 319 calories.

Ice Skating — Head to an ice skating rink or a frozen pond and be sure to follow safety instructions). (Bostonians love Boston Frog Pond. Sliding on a pair of skates is a great way to burn calories, approximately 476 per hour! The famous Rink at Rockefeller Center is open through February 28.

Snowshoeing — Snowshoeing is like hiking, except you're trekking with large and sometimes heavy extensions of your feet. There are plenty of places in Boston for beginners including the Blue Hills Reservation, while New York State has plenty of options, too, such as Old Erie Canal State Park and Belleayre Mountain. Approximately 544 calories per hour can be burned snowshoeing.

Build a Snowman — Building frosty requires squatting, heavy lifting and a lot of walking and rolling, so it is no surprise that an hour of snowman-building can burn around 285 calories.

Shoveling Snow Plows and snow blowers might save some time, but breaking out the old-fashioned shovel can be quite a winter workout. Shoveling a driveway can burn up to approximately 422 calories per hour. It's important to remember, though, that snow shoveling is vigorous and can quickly increase your heart rate, so be sure to monitor your exertion.

Skiing/Snowboarding — Hitting the slopes for one hour of skiing can burn up to 408 calories. Northeasterners can check out these terrific slopes in Massachusetts, New York, or Vermont.

*All calorie counts are estimates based on a 150-pound person, and vary with intensity, body composition and weight.

Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Senior Editor of Travel, Lifestyle, Health & Branded Content. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.


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