When the temperature dips below freezing and the snow starts to fall, it's tempting to spend a lazy Saturday or Sunday (or both!) curled up under the covers. But it is possible to enjoy a relaxing weekend at home and still squeeze in some physical activity, even if a trip to the gym is out of the question.
In the slideshow below, we've rounded up some common wintertime activities that happen to have the additional benefit of burning a few calories at the same time. Just don't overdo it on the hot chocolate!
All calorie counts are estimates based on a 150-pound person, and will vary with intensity, body composition and weight.
Staging A Snowball Fight
Get competitive with the kids or some friends and pick a snowball fight. That <a href="http://www.myfitnesspal.com/exercise/lookup">light jogging</a> to dodge the enemy pays off -- even just a 15-minute battle can burn more than 130 calories.
Head to the local rink and rent a pair of skates for a fun way to burn major calories. Just 45 minutes of gliding can burn <a href="http://www.myfitnesspal.com/exercise/lookup">more than 350 calories</a>.
An hour of zooming down the local hill -- followed by that dreaded hike back up -- can burn <a href="http://calorielab.com/burned/">more than 400 calories</a>.
Making Snow Angels
OK, so maybe no one has actually measured how many calories you burn while creating your own beautiful snow angel, but remember that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/fall-activities-burn-calories_n_1939705.html#slide=1601854">laughing burns about a calorie a minute</a>. Give yourself permission to get a little silly this season.
Building A Snowman
First there's squatting down to gather the snow, then there's lots of walking and pushing to bulk up that snowball and finally there's some seriously heavy lifting to put each part of your creation in its place. So it's not surprising that <a href="http://www.fitsugar.com/Calories-Burned-Building-Snowman-Making-Snow-Angel-Having-Snow-Ball-Fight-878946">an hour of snowman building</a> can burn up to 285 calories, according to FitSugar.
Need more firewood? Don't think of chopping wood as a chore, when 20 minutes <a href="http://www.myfitnesspal.com/exercise/lookup">burns nearly 150 calories</a>.
Sure, the snowblower saves time, but shoveling can be quite the winter workout. Thirty minutes into clearing off the driveway, you'll have already burned <a href="http://www.myfitnesspal.com/exercise/lookup">more than 200 calories</a> and worked your arm muscles to boot. Just be sure to <a href="http://www.health.com/health/condition-article/0,,20342556,00.html">shovel safely</a> so as not to hurt your back.
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