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Great Winter Workouts

Fairview Canyon Cross Country Skiing - April 19 2008photo © 2008 Eric Ward | more info (via: Wylio)Now, not everyone may think that snow is a glorious opportunity to get outside and workout. However, you may be surprised by how many calories the following exercises burn!

(All of these are based on 160 lb weight).

Cross Country Skiing – 60 Minutes, LIGHT effort. – 533 calories.

Muscles used: (this is a dynamic full body workout!) abs and obliques, hamstrings, quads, glutes, leg adductors and abductors, pectorals, triceps, rear deltoids, and biceps.

Downhill Skiing – 60 minutes – Moderate effort – 445 calories

Muscles used: upper and lower quads, calves, hamstrings, thigh muscles, biceps, and core.

Sledding – 60 Minutes – Strong effort – 476 calories.

Muscles used – quads, hamstrings, biceps, rear deltoids, core.

Shoveling Snow – 60 minutes – light effort – 406 calories.

Muscles used: biceps, triceps, back, shoulders, trapezoids, lower back, legs.

Snowshoeing – 60 minutes – 560 calories

Muscles used: calf, hip flexors, quads

Hiking – 60 Minutes – 460 calories (add snow to this and you will significantly increase your burn)

Muscles used: quads, calf, hip flexors, hamstrings, core.

Snowboarding – 60 minutes – moderate effort – 457 calories.

Muscles used: upper and lower quads, calves, hamstrings, thigh muscles, glutes, core.

Keep in mind that certain safety measures are necessary for all winter sports, as any time you incorporate snow and ice into a workout routine, slip ups can happen. Take proper care for the outdoor elements, remember to hydrate, and protect yourself from the elements. But don’t let the winter stop you from getting outside!

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