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6 Healthy (And Fun!) Winter Workouts

First Posted: 12/03/2011 11:13 am EST Updated: 12/05/2011 11:24 am EST

By Hanna Brooks Olsen for

Winter weather may make you want to huddle up and drink yourself into an egg nog-induced stupor, but chilly temperatures also offer awesome new workouts. With the cold air comes some of the most exciting, beautiful ways to get outside get moving, while burning more calories that you would in a climate-controlled gym.

From cross-country skiing to snowboarding, outdoor activities really hit their stride in December. And even if you live in an area where the thermometer doesn't go south of 70, there are still ways to enjoy the cooler days -- whether you're up on the mountain, or zipping around a skating rink.

Regardless of whether or not you decide to take it outside, incorporating at least one fun, seasonal workout into your regular routine will fend off the winter blues -- and the holiday weight gain -- without seeming like a chore.

Ice Skating
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Even if you live somewhere where snow and mountains seem as mythical as Santa's reindeer, you may still be blessed with an indoor skating rink, which will likely be offering all kinds of promotions for the holiday season. Skate rentals are inexpensive and, even if you're a mega-beginner, there will probably be someone on hand to help you out with your first lap. Keep your ankles straight and your eyes up, and you'll be on your way to burning up to 500 calories per hour. And don't forget to bust out your leg-warmers!

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