White-Hot Winter Workouts
Keeping fit is a blast with cold-weather sports
Yes, the weather outside is frightful, but this time of year is so
delightful ... for trying a great new winter workout.
With so many hot winter activities out there, from the total-body workout of
cross-country skiing to the challenge of golfing when everything is white on
white, you're bound to find something that appeals.
For Chris Frado, that something is cross-country skiing.
"It's the be-all and end-all," enthuses Frado, president of the
Cross Country Ski Areas Association. "Cross-country works all your major
muscle groups -- it doesn't leave anything out. It's the best aerobic activity.
It's forgiving on your joints, you can do it at any pace you want, you can do
it as a child, as an adult, you can incorporate your children and your
As if that weren't enough, a 160-pound adult can burn more than 650 calories
an hour skiing cross-country.
For an even simpler snowy-day workout, try snow-shoeing. With easy-to-use
gear that slips on over your shoes and nothing more than basic walking skills
required, it's a shoe-in for the easiest-to-learn winter sport. And that same
160-pound adult will burn over 950 calories hoofing it for an hour.
Got a need for speed? Downhill skiing might fit the bill. "I love the
sheer thrill of careening down a mountain at upwards of 40 mph," raves
downhill enthusiast Tony Herrig, who was born at the foot of Utah's Wasatch
mountain range. Then there's "getting out into the fresh air and sunshine,
experiencing the grandeur of alpine vistas, and challenging myself to learn new
skills." All this comes with a great burn of 450 calories an hour.
If you're not so eager to go so fast, try ice skating. You can glide through
534 calories in an hour (and you can do it at an indoor rink when the weather
If you're a golfer, there's no need to give it up for the winter. When the
links go white, grab some orange golf balls, skip the cart, and you'll swing
through more than 340 calories an hour. And don't forget the gold standard for
available, affordable exercise, whatever the weather: walking. Paced at a
15-minute mile, a 160-pound person burns 384 calories over an hour.