Exercising in the winter months can be difficult due to the shorter days and colder temperatures. On the more mild days escaping the hustle and bustle of the gym can be refreshing. There are many things to do for exercise outdoors but one of my favorites is snowshoeing. Snowshoeing is fairly inexpensive, in that the only cost is the snowshoes either from purchasing a set or renting. There are many health benefits from snowshoeing as well.
- Low Impact – the snow acts as a shock absorber which decreases impact on your joints.
- Cardiovascular Endurance and Burn Calories – working out in the cold weather increases your metabolic rate. With the added weight from your winter clothes and snowshoes along with the terrain, your body will work harder to keep it moving. The average 150 lb person can burn between 450-700 calories.
- Build Muscles –
There is no skill level needed for snowshoeing and any age level can participate! Grab a friend or make it a family outing, find a nearby park and enjoy the great outdoors!
Kerra Pietsch, LPTA, CFNC
Physical Therapist Assistant
Andover Physical Therapy
PTC_therapy December 18th, 2019
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