We recently ordered snowshoes online because I heard they were a great way to workout and get some cardio in especially if your usual running routes are covered in snow (which mine currently are..sad). We tried the snowshoes a couple weeks ago but honestly, there wasn’t much snow so it was just a little awkward.
Today, on the other hand, was a different story. It snowed quite a bit the last few days and is supposed to dump more tonight and tomorrow: perfect conditions for snowshoeing.
We strapped on our shoes and headed up the mountain! Walking up these mountains always makes me feel so out of shape. To be fair to myself, they are really steep and the elevation is quite high so that’s what I’m blaming my shortness of breath on :).
Whoever said snowshoeing was great cardio was not lying. I had to take several breaks when trekking up this hill.
I looked it up and found that for my weight, snowshoeing for an hour burns around 300 calories. Not bad!
As much as I’d love for it to be warm outside, I do think getting your butt outside makes a big difference in how you feel during winter. Today was sunny and honestly, most days are so I shouldn’t complain. Yeah, it’s cold here, but at least we have access to all these outdoor activities. Getting out and working hard makes me feel so much less sluggish. Remind me I said that tomorrow when there’s a blizzard :).
Have you ever snowshoed? Did you enjoy it?
michelle @ the cooking life says
I’ve been snowshoeing once, outside of Seattle (Snoqualmie Pass). I went with my husband, father-in-law and sister-in-law (she’s the only one out of all of us who lives up there). It was so much fun but it was hard! Thankfully I had a lot of running in my belt and I actually wasn’t sore afterwards, but everyone was.