Updated: Mar 20, 2022
With winter approaching, the first thing that comes to mind is: How cold is it outside and much snow is in the forecast? The second thing that comes to mind is: I don't want to get on that #treadmill again. Do I have to?
Do not let the snow hold you back from getting a solid #workout in the outdoors. Take advantage of the snow with an exercise that burns more calories than running. It's snowshoeing!
Snowshoeing is a form of exercise that allows you to walk through snow without sinking in. This recreational sport has been around for thousands of years and continues to evolve.
Snowshoes have been modified from the traditional hardwood frame and rawhide lacing that simply strapped to your boots to new lightweight metal frames and synthetic fabrics that you can hardly notice when put in place.
This low-impact form of exercising is easy on the knees, and perfect for all ages. Best of all it's easy to learn and safe. The benefits of snowshoeing are very similar to running. Once you get moving, you activate the quads, #hamstrings, and calves. Looking to throw in some upper body training? Grab some poles and incorporate your shoulders and back muscles.
Depending on the terrain, how fast you move, and the amount of #snow, you can burn up to 1000 calories per hour.
Winter sports can get costly. Not only do you have to buy the equipment, but you also have to buy the proper gear to wear. The nice fact about snowshoeing is it's one of the least expensive winter sports to be involved in. These days there are multiple brands and styles of snowshoes.
How do you know what brand or style is good for you? Do some research and talk to someone about it before buying a pair. When the snow is here, get yourself strapped into a pair of snowshoes and explore. You will be amazed by what it has to offer.
As far as picking a place to try out snowshoeing, ask around or visit the Internet. You can start with your backyard, practicing the proper technique. From there move to parks and other facilities that offer groomed trails. It's a great way to stay in shape and spend time in nature. I bet you'll fall in love with the sport, like so many others have.
"The benefits of snowshoeing are very similar to running. Once you get moving, you activate the quads, hamstrings, and calves." - Sheila Murray Bethel