HEALTHY LIVING
02/08/2014 10:55 am ET

How To Burn Calories Like A Winter Olympian

Starting with last night's Opening Ceremonies, it's safe to say the biggest Winter Olympics fans among us may be tempted to spend a little too much time on the couch.

Luckily, the athletes at the top of their game are more than a little inspiring. And while you're probably not about to head out to the backyard for a little luge or skeleton practice, many of the other winter Olympic sports are easily-accessible for the average weekend warrior.

Below are a few of the events you (yes, you!) can partake in, plus how many calories you can expect to burn doing each one. (All counts are approximate and based on a 150-pound person.)

  • Skiing
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    An hour of moderate-intensity downhill skiing will burn off 612 calories, according to the American Council on Exercise, while an hour of cross-country action will torch 816.
  • Curling
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    Spend an hour at your local curling club and you'll say buh-bye to 272 calories, according to MyFitnessPal.
  • Skating
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    Half an hour of light skating will shave off 196 calories, according to Self.com

    If you're partial to high-speed action, speed skating can torch 510 calories in 30 minutes, according to MyFitnessPal.
  • Ice Hockey
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    Grab some pals and hit the rink: Ice hockey burns 544 calories per hour, according to MyFitnessPal.
  • Snowboarding
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    You don't have to be able to land Shaun White's tricks to burn 429 calories in an hour of moderate snowboarding.

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