Fall and winter activities that burn calories

Just because the temperatures are dropping does not mean that your heart rate needs to! Get moving with these easy-to-squeeze-in workouts that don’t require going out of your way to burn calories.

‘Tis the season for weight gain. The holidays are approaching quickly and with them come gingerbread lattes, turkey feasts and pumpkin pie. It can be difficult to fit a workout into your hectic holiday schedule, and the cold weather may deter you from wanting to go for a walk outside.

But just because the temperatures are dropping does not mean that your heart rate needs to! Get moving with these easy-to-squeeze-in workouts that don’t require going out of your way to burn calories. These outdoor activities will help you prepare for the holidays and enjoy the changing seasons. (Calorie estimations are based on a 150-pound person. Actual amounts may vary.)

  1. Raking leaves – Colorful leaves are one of the most beautiful parts of fall — until they cover your lawn. Raking pesky leaves may seem like a hassle, but you can do the chore knowing that for every 20 minutes you rake, you are burning 90 calories!
  2. Shoveling snow – Snow on your lawn looks lovely, but it doesn’t have the same appeal on your driveway or sidewalk. So get out there and start shoveling. You’ll be burning 300 calories per hour! Bonus burn: Help your kids or grandkids build a snowman and you’ll zap even more calories. You’ll be too busy having fun to realize you’re working out!
  3. Black Friday shopping – Whether you’re stocking up for holiday gifts or just hunting for good deals, you will burn 162 calories for every hour you spend walking (or running) from store to store. And that doesn’t include carrying around heavy shopping bags, reaching toward the top shelf for the latest toy, or making multiple trips out to the car to drop off bags. If you’re with a group, take turns standing in line so everyone gets a chance to walk the aisles.
  4. Apple picking – Nothing captures the flavors of fall quite like apples. They are a healthy and sweet treat, and visiting an orchard to pick them yourself will knock off over 200 calories in an hour. Pick for a little longer and you’ll have burned the number of calories in a slice of apple pie.
  5. Chopping wood – There’s no better feeling than cozying up to a fire. Whether it’s alongside your loved ones in the living room, or roasting marshmallows outside on a chilly autumn night, there is something about a fire that warms our bodies and spirits. You can burn 140 calories for every 20 minutes you spend chopping your own logs. So burn those calories and then burn those logs!
  6. Hiking – Nature during autumn is colorful, cool and full of wonderful changes. One of the best ways to see it is through hiking. Just a 1 ½-hour hike can burn close to 600 calories! No more excuses — go explore those falling leaves.

Don’t let the onset of cold weather keep you from exercising. You can enjoy the changing seasons outdoors by doing household activities, taking care of holiday business and spending time with your kids. And you’ll feel all-around better when you take the time to relax and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

For more information on calories and managing your weight, visit NortonHealthcare.com/WeightManagement.


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