With the amount of snowfall Boston has experienced this winter, we are all getting a bad case of cabin fever. Here we have compiled some of our favorite snow day exercises to inspire you to get outside and get moving.
According to the National Weather Service, Boston has received 104.1 inches of snow over the past few months, which makes this the second snowiest winter season on record. These blizzard conditions have made it next to impossible to go anywhere or do anything. Shoveling has become a daily – or hourly – chore. Snow shoveling does burn upwards of 400-600 calories per hour, but for a few more fun exercises you can do in the snow, check these out:
Snowshoes are special platform-like shoes you can strap onto your snow boots, so you can glide over the snow at a quick pace. Snowshoeing can burn between 420-1000 calories per hour, depending on how fast you go. The great thing about snowshoeing is it can be done anywhere, anytime. You can literally strap them on and step out your front door, then snowshoe up and down your street.
2. Fat biking
Love riding a bike? Well, there is a special bike just for winter and it is called the fat bike. These bikes have oversized tires, typically 4″ or larger, and they are designed specifically for riding on soft, unstable terrain like snow and sand. Called the “monster trucks” of cycling, fat bikes may look funny, but riding them provides a monster workout. You can burn up to 1,500 calories per hour fat biking.
3. Cross country skiing
A more common snow sport is cross country skiing. Great for young and old alike, cross country skiing can be done in the city or country. It generally burns 500 calories in an hour, but cross country ski racing can burn as much as 900 calories per hour.
4. Ice skating
Ice skating is another one of those snow day exercises that burns a healthy amount of calories – 200 in one hour. It is not very vigorous, and it is fun. Remember to wear several layers, hat, scarf, and gloves, even if you are ice skating indoors.
5. Snowball target practice
This next idea is from WeightWatchers.com. Walk to some deep snow and find a target like a tree, wall or fence. Make snowballs by squatting (by bending your knees, not your waist), grabbing snow and packing it. As soon as you make one, throw it as far and hard as you can, aiming for your target. Launch 20 balls. This exercise is great for the lower body, bottom and legs as well as the chest and shoulders.