7. Chopping Firewood
During the winter months, you need lots of wood for your fireplace. Instead of buying prepared firewood, chop it yourself and get the benefit of losing some pounds.
Yes, you can definitely lose weight chopping wood. You’ll burn nearly 300 calories per 30 minutes of chopping.
It will also tone the muscles of your back, shoulders and core. Additionally, chopping and splitting wood can improve your cardiovascular endurance and your strength.
When chopping wood, make safety a priority. Aside from a good quality ax, you must also wear protective gear like safety glasses, gloves and heavy boots.
8. Shoveling Snow
Shoveling snow is hard work, making it one of the best workouts during the winter months. However, shoveling snow is not for everyone. Those who have back problems or are sensitive to cold temperature should let others take care of this task.
For the physically fit and healthy, shoveling snow in cold weather can boost the health benefits of regular physical activity.
While shoveling, you can burn on average anywhere from 300 to 500 calories per hour. You can expect not only a slightly higher calorie burn, but also an extra boost to your heart as well as improving your aerobic fitness and muscular endurance.
When shoveling, use your legs to help lift the snow and keep your abdominal muscles tight to help protect your lower back. Also, make sure to wear appropriate clothes, including a hat and gloves.