Lose Weight Snowshoeing?

The Blizzard of 2016 is now in the rear view mirror and while most were digging out I decided to spend my afternoon snowshoeing rather than shoveling.

Why you ask?

Well, for a few reasons –

1. I hate to shovel
2. I need to exercise more
3. Maybe I can burn a few calories ( which means, I need to lose weight)

So off I went snowshoeing in our neighborhood park. I didn’t have to drive north or west like we usually have to do to see and play in the snow. I just walked 2 blocks carrying my snowshoes.

I did get a few funny looks from people who saw me, I’m sure they were wondering what I was carrying.

Once I got to the park I put my snowshoes on and saw no one had been here, no footprints at all, only those left by animals.

Let me back up a minute and tell you about my snowshoes.

We bought these Atlas snowshoes at an auction a few years ago from a friend who I don’t think used them at all. After some adjusting to get them to fit right I had no problem.

Off I went gliding on top of about 2 feet of snow. I made lots of stops, first to take pictures but then realizing how quiet it was I took some time to just sit quietly and soak in the beauty of this fresh snowfall, our first real snow fall here in Delaware this year.

Fun photos below and read on to see how many calories you can burn snowshoeing.

Atlas snowshoes

Trying out my Atlas Snowshoes

Casting a shadow in the snow

Casting a shadow in the snow

My footprints in the snow

Leaving nothing but footprints

The quietness didn’t last long though because along came two guys in their ATV racing up and down the field ruining the quietness.

Oh well, it was still worth it, I had fun, got to wear my snowshoes finally and got in my walk for the day. I felt energized and ready to tackle the shoveling that was waiting for me at home.

Later that evening I sat down at my computer and did some research because I was curious to know
“Can you lose weight snowshoeing?”

I know snowshoeing is great exercise but how many calories can you burn and does that convert into losing weight?

Look what I found from the American Hiking Society –

You can lose weight snowshoeing

Calories burned while walking or running snowshoeing

You can easily burn about 450 calories in an hour depending on your weight and the terrain your snowshoeing in.

What snowshoeing does.

It’s cardiovascular, aerobic exercise and a low impact sport.

Snow of course is softer than asphalt or concrete and the construction of the snowshoe acts as a shock absorber for your feet making it easier for your joints.

And you can run in your snowshoes if you want to but I don’t plan on doing that any time soon.

So while we still have snow hopefully for the next week I will be snowshoeing for my walks.

If you’re interested in buying a pair of snowshoes, read the reviews on Amazon. Not all snowshoes are created equal, know the terrain you are using them for and buy accordingly. Mine are an older pair of Atlas 925 and work fine on trails but if I wanted to get off trail they may not be as good due to the fact that they do come lose at the back when I was walking in deep snow.

Do you like snowshoeing? Have you ever tried it? Let me know in the comments below. I wish we got more snow around here so I could snowshoe more often, I really enjoy it and it’s a great work out for your lower body, builds those calf muscles.

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  1. Nicole Anderson

    What a great way to lose weight and enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature at the same time. What’s not to love here? Thanks for highlighting another benefit of getting out when the snow is the way it is.

  2. Annika Mang

    Looks gorgeous and snowshoeing is such a great activity!

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