5 winter workouts which are great for calorie burning 

It’s that time of year again where there is a lot of food-related temptation surrounding us. It’s cold out, and it’s not uncommon to crave carb-heavy comfort food to get you through the winter. If treats and carbs are something that are not regularly part of your diet but you still want to give in, then just try some of these calorie burning winter sports (before or after you have a mince pie)!

Ice skating
It’s so easy to find ice skating rinks at Christmas time they pop up everywhere! Not only are they everywhere, they’re a great way to get rid of a few calories! For just an hour’s skating you are burning around 500-700 calories. Just go when it’s a little quieter so you don’t knock any small children over!

Splitting wood
Got a real wood fireplace that you buy logs for? Consider splitting them yourself and you can burn around 400-500 calories an hour. Plus how good will you feel that evening sat by your fire place – ‘man made fire’!

Hiking
Yes it’s cold out, but that will only push you to walk faster! Even some of the most mundane scenes can look extra special in winter when the sun is low, and there are Christmas lights around. Hiking is a great calorie burning exercise, hitting around the 400-600 calories per hour mark.

Skiing
Whether you find some indoor slopes or book a luxurious holiday away, skiing is a great winter workout with so many variations! Downhill, snowboarding and cross country just to name a few. How many calories you will burn depends on which variation you do, but no matter the style you choose – it’ll be an intense calorie burner allowing you to fully deserve that extra slice of yule log later!

Sledging
If we get lucky this year with a white Christmas, get yourself a simple sledge and get out there! With all the trekking back up the hill after a thrilling run down you’ll be burning around 400-600 calories an hour. Take your friends with you for a fun day out and a workout all rolled into one!

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