Want to Know One of the Best Ways to Burn Calories in the Winter? Strap on Some Snowshoes and Head Outside!

January can be a tough month for those of us who like being active but hate the cold and snow.  Up until a few days ago, I firmly placed myself in that category and accepted the fact that, for the next few months, I’d be burning most of my calories indoors with a workout DVD or a marathon shopping trip at the mall.   My outlook changed completely, however, when my husband convinced me to go snowshoeing. 

Last Sunday, we met up with some friends at Brooskby Farm in Peabody, where we rented snowshoes, laced up, and took the 3-mile, 90-minute trek around the perimeter of the property.  Besides my husband, none of us had ever been snowshoeing before, but we had absolutely no difficulties walking around the farm, even when the footprints disappeared and we had to carve our own paths in the deep snow.

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Even though snowshoeing burns a lot of calories (around 600 an hour), it doesn’t feel like a high-intensity activity, and it’s accessible to most people – if you can walk, you can snowshoe.   The difference between snowshoeing and normal walking, however, is that you encounter more resistance by taking wide, deep steps in the snow (especially when you’re trekking uphill, which we seemed to do a lot!).  Snowshoeing does not require any special skills or a steep financial commitment – I paid $10 for a shoe rental, and wore clothes I had on hand – heavy track pants, a long-sleeved workout top, a light jacket, mittens, a hat, and snow boots.  If you want to purchase your own snowshoes, a decent pair costs around $99 online or at an outdoor retailer like L.L. Bean.  I would highly recommend doing so, as the next time it snows you’ll have all the equipment you need on hand to go outside, burn a lot of calories, and have fun in the process.

 

 

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