Hey friends, how’s that New Year’s Resolution working for you? Pretty tough getting outside with winter doing its thing trying to frostbite noses and toeses. And while you’re inside – are you listening to the siren song of that last box of candy canes and stirring up a warming pot of Fluff topped hot cocoa? Or am I just projecting?
Well even if your hand warming wear is a mismatched mitten/glove combo and just the thought of being outside in the cold is tantamount to torture, consider the health benefits of the torture. You can shed some serious LBs in the cold that may make heading outdoors worth the effort.
But what the heck should you do once you’re out there? Let the calories be your guide. Calories burned during winter activities range significantly based on your own weight, height, and enthusiasm with the activity and with the vigor with which each is undertaken but let’s forget all that and just use some vague generalities.
Perhaps ice fishing appeals to you, and you want to know how many calories you’ll burn during Fishing, Ice, Sitting. According to Fitday.com Ice fishing burns 58 calories per hour which means ice fishing compares unfavorably to sleeping. Info at http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4574313_many-do-burn-doing-nothing_.html reports that an average man who is sleeping in a reclined position will burn roughly 61 calories each hour (You burn three more calories an hour sleeping than ice fishing!) That same man would, sitting around watching television, burn 68 calories per hour (Must be the remote action). If the man were to spend his time sitting down and reading (a book, not an e-reader), however, he would burn 88 calories per hour (try a hard cover for bigger benefits). And then you must factor in the food and alcohol consumption associated with each activity. So let’s just say the best ice fishing has to offer is to alternately sleep and read while doing it, then you’ll really be in the zone. For more on ice fishing check out this blog post. 8 Things I learned About Ice Fishing in 15 Minutes Atop a Lake in NH http://wp.me/p13Md6-Gl
What about snow removal? We almost all have to do it in some capacity here in New England. Well again it depends on your body height and weight, the weight of the snow and the how many times you stop to yell at the kids for not helping. Fitday.com says shoveling by hand burns 288 calories per hour. Now if you switch to a walk behind snowblower it changes to 202 calories…..slacker.
Fitday.com also reports on the following activities:
Sledding, tobogganing, bobsledding, luge burn 346 calories per hour
Snow shoeing will burn 403 calories per hour
Downhill skiing 288 calories per hour (guess you need to put in more effort than gravity does to burn calories.)
Ice Skating 346 calories per hour
Cross country skiing 346 calories per hour
But for one of the highest calorie burns consider this:
According to the American Council On Exercise, you may burn about 400 calories an hour from shivering, depending on the temperature and the heaviness of your clothing.
But don’t get too cold. No, I’m not talking hypothermia in its purest form of danger (you know death and all). I’m just pointing out that you stop shivering as hypothermia progresses and therefore lose the weight loss benefit.
Now get out there and shiver yourself into bikini shape for summer!
(c)2014 by Alison Colby-Campbell
DISCLAIMERS: I have no medical training; I never even took physiology. This is intended to be a humorous take on winter activities based on the easiest to find rather than the most accurate information available on the internet. I made no attempt to cull information all from one source. Consult with your doctor when developing a cold weather or any weather exercise routine. And for goodness sake don’t stay outside past that point where you’re tired and cold and just want to curl up at the base of a friendly looking tree.
NOTE: All photos with the exception of the ice fishing houses and the plant icicles were taken around my beautiful city – Haverhill, MA .
FOR A SERIOUS LOOK AT THE DANGERS OF COLD WEATHER TRY THESE LINKS.
What Are the Symptoms of Hypothermia? http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/what-is-hypothermia?page=2
Signs and Symptoms of Frostbite http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/frostbite/basics/symptoms/con-20034608
Frostbite Symptoms and signs