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Winter Activities to Help You Lose Weight

Gaining weight over the winter is quite inevitable. It is just so hard to drag yourself outdoors when it’s cold outside and your warm bed beckons. It is always easier to just stay inside and watch television. Fortunately, no matter how much weight you’ve gained over the holidays, you can still lose those pounds even during these cold winter months.

People that keep moving and keep their food intake in check often succeed in losing weight. Who says winter workouts need to be indoors? Bundle up, lace up, and head outdoors! There are some winter activities that you’d find enjoyable. You just need to keep yourself moving and active, so you can start losing those extra pounds. Why not build a snowman, or do ice skating or cross country skiing? 

Any of these activities can burn calories:

Cross Country Skiing

Whether you choose just to glide leisurely or race competitively, this activity is one of the most popular winter activities. This is perfect for individual or family activity. One hour of this activity burns 545 calories.


Snowshoeing has been around for thousands of years. Over time, it has evolved into a popular winter activity. It’s fun to do – something that you can do on your own or with your family or friends. It’s a great way to extend your running season up to winter. It suits all ages. As long as you can walk, you can do this. An hour of this activity burns more than 500 calories.


This activity may seem daunting, but there are some tutorials for beginners. It is important, however, though that you learn to skate well before you start doing this activity. This burns 500 calories.


Shoveling Snow

You can lose 430 calories for an hour of shoveling snow. However, you need to consider your health. If you are out of shape or suffering from heart conditions or back problems, this may be dangerous for you. Unfortunately, hospitals are often packed with patients with heart attacks or wrenched backs during winter.

Ice Skating

An hour of ice skating can burn 500 calories. You need to wear the right clothes to do some ice skating. You should be able to move around quickly. Skating is a form of exercise, and like most exercises, your body will get warm once you start moving. You cannot be too hot or too cold, so make sure to wear the right clothes.

Build a Snowman

This is a fun activity for the entire family. You can burn 285 calories for an hour of snowman building. Of course, you need the right kind of snow. Powdery one or snow in icy conditions won’t hold.

build a snowman

Make Snow Angels

You can burn about 214 calories while you have fun with your family making snow angels. Of course, you need the freshest snow that’s deep enough so that you won’t see the ground.

Snowball Fights

You can lose 319 calories with an hour of snowball fights. The best snowballs are 2.6 in diameter. The best ones are about the size of tennis balls. Make them larger, and they won’t be able to fly.
Make sure to keep yourself warm when you go outside. Wear appropriate clothing and pack the right gear like our Premium Outdoor & Stadium Blanket

Premium Outdoor & Stadium Blanket

This can keep you warm and dry when you need it. It can protect you from wind, water, and cold. This is perfect for all winter outdoor activities.