Metabolic Cost Of Shoveling Snow

Metabolic Cost Of Shoveling Snow If you live in a part of the country that's socked in with lots of snow, don't worry about not being able to get to the weight room. According to the Harvard Medical School, shoveling snow is roughly the equivalent of resistance training. And there's an even more impressive calorie burning effect. A 150 pound person burns approximately 223 calories shoveling snow for half an hour. That compares very favorably to the 203 calories that same person would burn performing low-impact aerobics or the 112 calories they'd shed lifting weights for the same 30 minute period.

True Strength Moment: Harvard's calorie calculations are generalized and don't take into consideration the weight/density of the snow being shoveled or its overall depth. If you're dealing with feet instead of inches, listen to your body and use common sense precautions just like you do in the gym. There are limits to every type of physical challenge.
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