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Calories Burned in Cold Weather

By William McCoy

It's easy to fall into the trap of hibernating at home during the winter months or cold weather in general, but doing so can cause you to pack on the pounds. Instead, make a pledge to get active when it's cold outside by performing winter activities such as cross-country skiing or just braving the elements for a jog around your neighborhood. Exercising in cold weather burns calories at various rates, depending on the activity you choose, to keep you in shape.

Burn Calories in the Snow

Winter exercises and other activities when it's cold outside can burn hundreds of calories per workout. A 155-pound person burns about 563 calories in an hour of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at a moderate effort and 422 calories in an hour of downhill skiing at a moderate effort, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. The same person burns about 493 calories per hour ice skating and 563 calories in an hour of jogging at 5 mph. The American Council on Exercise reports that shivering can burn about 400 calories per hour, on average.

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