Monday, January 28, 2013

Winter workout

Don't let the chilly winter weather keep you from exercising outdoors this season. Even though it's tempting to curl up by the fire with some hot chocolate, these seasonal sports are fun and a great full-body workout, so bundle up and get ready to burn some calories!

Ice skating. This can be an indoor or outdoor sport. Hit the rink for an aerobic workout that can burn up to 20 calories per minute. Balancing on the thin blade of an ice skate also helps strengthen your core.

Cross-country skiing. This is another sport that will give you a full-body workout and help you burn calories. It's great for working your shoulders, arms, back, chest, abs and legs.

Hockey. Many people view hockey as sporting even in which a fight between players is a main attraction. However this cardio-intensive sport burns around 470 calories an hour and improves flexibility, mental strength and focus, so everyone should give it a try. It doesn't have to be an intense match, have some friendly competition between friends or family this winter.

Downhill skiing or snowboarding. Time to hit the slopes! These sports will help you release some endorphins, improve flexibility and is a great leg workout. Also, being outdoors and enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery can improve your mood and decrease anxiety levels.

Sledding. Have some fun and feel like a kid again while getting a good workout. In order to sled down a hill, you need to climb up it, which works your leg muscles and burns calories.

Shoveling snow. This winter chore is a workout in itself. The heavier the snow, the more calories you will burn.

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