Exercise in winter? It can be done! All you need is a little childlike spirit. Become a kid again with these fun cardio activities that burn calories and work your muscles–all while having tons of family fun.
Ice skating: Strap on the skates for some healthy figure-8s. Ice skating burns approximately 500 calories per hour.
Snow shoeing: Take the family on a winter nature walk! Trekking through the snow burns 400 or more calories an hour.
Cross-country skiing: This excellent sport works muscles you didn’t even know you had, burning more than 400 calories in an hour.
Downhill skiing: Feel the exhilaration of brisk air in your lungs while you zoom downhill to the tune of 300 calories per hour.
Build a snowman or snow fort: Aw, come on, who doesn’t love a snowman? This fun family activity can be good for your mental and physical health. Rolling and trudging through snow in the yard burns 285 calories an hour.
Sledding: Climbing uphill is great exercise — burning nearly 400 calories an hour — all for the bonus reward of whizzing back down with happy kids shrieking in your ear.
All calculations are based on a 150-pound person.