Winter in Des Moines has finally arrived! It’s taken a long time being it’s already February 4. Don’t forget to stay active on snow days. While it might be enticing to stay inside all day, take a break to build a snowman, go sledding, or ice skating. Shoveling snow can be a great workout as well!
According to the Livestrong website, shoveling snow can burn more calories than you might suspect. Here are the quick numbers:
120 pound individual=165 calories per 30 minutes of shoveling
140 pound individual= 200 calories per 30 minutes
200 pound individual= 275 calories per 30 minutes
Of course these are mere estimates and variables such as temperature and pace of shoveling impact the true caloric expenditure. So the next time you need to shovel snow, don’t think of it as a chore, think of it as an extra workout for the day!