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Stay active in winter months

Dec. 27, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

From skiing to shoveling snow, there are many winter-friendly ways to stay fit this holiday season.

Even sledding is more work than you think! Every time you take a ride down the hill, you most likely have to walk all the back to the top - you can burn more calories by pulling a few kids on the sled as you go up! Try sledding for 30 minutes, and you can burn as many calories as a two-mile run.

Here, Life Fitness breaks down potential calorie burn of trying these outdoor activities for 30 minutes:

Sledding for 30 minutes: 250 calories

Ice skating for 30 minutes: 230 calories

Cross-country skiing for 30 minutes: 300 calories

Down-hill skiing for 30 minutes: 210 calories

Snowboarding for 30 minutes: 250 calories

Walking the dog for 30 minutes: 125 calories

Shoveling snow for 30 minutes: 230 calories

And when getting outdoors isn't feasible, hop on your home treadmill or elliptical trainer and indulge yourself in a favorite music playlist while sweating off some of those extra holiday treats.