Dec 14_Winter-Workouts_HYR-Blog-ImageryIt may be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up indoors. Some activities are made for cold weather. Why not head out and give one of these winter sports a try?

Skiing or Snowboarding
Grab your skis or your snowboard and hit the slopes with friends for some downhill action. Or go for a cross-country trek. Both skiing and snowboarding will give you a great total-body workout. You’ll work your arms, your legs, and your core. And you’ll burn plenty of calories too—anywhere from 350 to 700 an hour.

Ice Skating
If you’ve ever been on ice skates before, you know it’s a workout just to stay on your feet! You’ll get a great core workout trying to keep your balance. Plus you’ll work the major muscles in your legs. And you can expect to burn around 400 to 600 calories an hour.

Sledding or Tubing
Looking for something that requires less skill? How about sledding? The ride downhill won’t give you much of a workout. But you’ll feel the burn on the walk uphill, towing your sled or tube. If you last for an hour, you could burn from 400 to 600 calories, maybe more if you’re carrying your kids up the hill with you.

Winter Hiking or Snowshoeing
Another great choice is taking a hike in the snow, with or without snowshoes. It’s easy to do and inexpensive. Plus you can do it almost anywhere. And you’ll still get a great aerobic workout. Snowshoeing can burn around 500 to 700 calories an hour. Add poles if you like—it will help give your upper body a workout too.

Try one or two of these activities this winter. It may lead to some fun, as well as a break from your regular fitness routine. Just remember to stay safe while you’re out there. Dress warmly and in layers. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses to block harmful UVA and UVB rays. And drink plenty of water.