Healthy Holidays: 5 Fun Winter Workouts (That Burn More Calories Than You Think)

Winter weather may make you want to huddle up and drink yourself into an egg nog-induced stupor, but chilly temperatures also offer awesome new workouts. With the cold air comes some of the most exciting, beautiful ways to get outside get moving, while burning more calories that you would in a climate-controlled gym.

From cross-country skiing to snowboarding, outdoor activities really hit their stride in December. And even if you live in an area where the thermometer doesn’t go south of 70, there are still ways to enjoy the cooler days–whether you’re up on the mountain, or zipping around a skating rink.

Regardless of whether or not you decide to take it outside, incorporating at least one fun, seasonal workout into your regular routine will fend off the winter blues–and the holiday weight gain–without seeming like a chore.

All images:, this image: Losevsky Pavel

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    • Katy

      Unfortunately, I can’t do any of these here in sunny Austin! Ha! Is it winter?

      • Hanna Brooks Olsen

        Austin doesn’t even have an indoor ice rink? Sad!

    • Katy

      haha! No, it doesn’t. It’s only under 40 degrees for maybe 2 years of the week. Personally, I don’t view it as sad because I am horrified of cold weather. Going to visit the boyfriend’s family in Minnesota in January. Dreading it!

    • accuracy check

      “Regardless of weather, estimate that running burns around 100 calories per hour.”

      I don’t think this is accurate. Will you verify and update if it’s not?