Winter hiking is a workout. It may be cold at the trails head but once you get hiking your body will generate enough heat to keep you warm after 10-15 minutes. Gentle reminder: cotton kills. Trekking poles are also a good idea for places that may be slippery from snow or ice to assure good footing. Hiking in the winter can burn as much as 50% more calories than it does in the summers warmer months. If you are not eating enough calories while you are on the trail you will also become cold faster because the air is drier. You’ll need 4 liters of water per person for a day hike.
Burn baby burn
Burn off SAD or Seasonal Mood Disorder. Properly dressed and prepared you will be comfortable and burn off those extra Christmas holiday calories. In fact, if you participate in these activities daily you can eat just about anything you like. You’ll have fun and your chore of a workout and daily exercise won’t be boring. Snow adds resistance, simple walking becomes a full blown workout lifting boots that may be heavy, balancing, an aerobic exercise for your heart. On the ice or in the snow you are working on building endurance, your core, abs, quads, calves, and hamstrings.
Skip the gym, winter out door activities
Shoveling snow make be a difficult task but get some hot fluids in you and keep in mind you can skip your trip to the recreation or workout center if you’ve done it for at least 30 minutes. Whether you like the winter months or not you can take advantage of the cold and the weather and use them to you advantage. Everyone puts on extra weight at Christmas due to being indoors and eating more.
Snowshowing-510 calories per hour.
Hiking-445 calories per hour, if your back pack is under ten pounds.
Shoveling snow-330 calories per hour.
Sledding -450 calories per hours.
Downhill skiing-385 per hour.
Ice skating-450 per hour.
Snowboarding-390 per hour.
Cross country skiing-510 per hour.
Broomball-470, poor man’s ice hockey.
Ice hockey-380 per hour.
Always let someone know where you are going so they can check on you when you are not back by a given time, for safety’s sake.
For further reading and motivation:
- Healthy Christmas Walkabout the Smokey Mountains adventure.
- What should you do about wet feet
- 10 tips to get you motivated for walking or running in the cold
- Motivation isn’t about the competition it’s about fighting the voice that says quit
- Workout hard and go home
- Motivation your appetite to fitness success