Fitness tip: Use snow to get fit
It’s cold and snowy outside — the perfect time to “bundle up and enjoy the free gym outside,” according to the experts at webmd.com.
That’s because many wintertime outdoor activities involve the cardiovascular system.
The American Heart Association recommends an exercise target heart rate ranging from 50 to 75 percent of your maximum heart rate, which is normally calculated as the number 220 minus your age.
Snowshoeing is a great way to get into that range. Almost anyone who can walk can snowshoe, and burning more than 560 calories per hour, it’s a great way to work off the cookies, cakes, chocolate, and other holiday treats.
Cross-country skiing offers a complete body workout and builds balance and coordination, while burning about 650 calories per hour.
Downhill skiing shreds through 352 calories per hour, and ice-skating burns 493 calories per hour.