Are you being active this winter?

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 7:58 PM | by mitch

By Garrett Serd, M.S., RD, ACSM-CPT

Here are some fun, outdoor activities that you can engage in this winter!

  • Snow Shoveling: This cardio exercise uses muscles in your legs, core, back, shoulders and arms. Shoveling snow burns about 223 calories per 30 minutes of activity.
  • Cross Country Skiing: This low-impact, total body workout is the ultimate cardio exercise! You can burn up to 1,000 calories per hour depending on intensity.
  • Ice skating: Ice Skating is an excellent way to get in aerobic exercise while helping you build strength and endurance in your lower body muscles. Recreational ice skating can burn between 250 and 810 calories an hour.

It can take a little extra effort to stay active when it’s cold outside, but it is definitely beneficial for your health. Being active strengthens your immune system.

Even moderately active people catch 20-30% fewer colds than their sedentary counterparts. Also, the colder it is outside, the more calories your body will burn trying to keep warm.

Is being fit one of your New Year’s resolutions? You’re not alone. But did you know that there’s a right way to set fitness and nutrition goals?

Goals need to be structured correctly so that you’ll be able to create a specific plan, understand whether you’re making progress to achieve your goal and know exactly when you’ve achieved it.

Instead of saying that your goal is to lose weight, make your goal more specific. An example of that would be, “This year I will lose 25 pounds by walking three days per week for 45 minutes and by cutting out all processed foods.”