Just because there's snow on the ground for some of us, doesn't mean you can't still enjoy the activities of winter to stay in shape. We know that burning calories is essential to losing weight or at the least, keeping off those unwanted pounds. What if we could find a workout that is efficient, and burns calories, check out these six winter workouts we found–that you may be considering already...
One of them torches up to 1,000 calories per hour
1. CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING
At a high intensity, this activity tops the charts when it comes to burning calories. If you’re in good shape and well-versed in the sport, you can burn up to 20 calories per minute—which is over 1,000 calories an hour, explains Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., C.S.C.S., professor of exercise science at Quincy College in Quincy, Massachusetts.
“Cross-country skiing recruits your legs, quads, glutes, and because you’re pushing off the ground with each step, you’re using your abductors on your outer thighs, too, which you wouldn’t work running or riding a bike,” he says. “And you’re working even more musculature including your shoulders, triceps, biceps, and upper-back by using the poles to help you propel forward.”
You can’t forget the core muscles, either. The one-pole-with-opposite-leg movement forces a constant twisting motion, working your obliques. Cross-country skiers are the athletes with the highest VO2 max (a.k.a. your peak oxygen intake, or how well your body delivers oxygen to your cells), says Westcott. "Even higher than marathon runners."
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