As I was scraping the ice off the windshield of my car this morning, I wondered why I pay for a gym membership when I start every morning doing vigorous activity. Us hearty Minnesotans don't get enough credit for all the exercise we get in the winter without even trying! This is just stuff we need to do to remain sane and survive the season!

I put together a list of common Minnesota winter activities and how many calories you burn on average doing them!


Shoveling Snow - 51 calories for 15 minutes of moderate work  or 340 calories per hour.

Clearing Your Driveway with a Snowblower (walking) - 60 calories for 15 minutes or 238 calories per one hour.

Sledding- 408 calories for one hour.

Putting Winter Gear on Your Children (coats, hats, gloves, boots, ect.) - 34 calories in 15 minutes.

Casual Ice Skating - 408 calories burnt in one hour!

Downhill Skiing - 272 calories burnt in an hour.

Snowmobiling - 170 calories an hour - unless you get stuck! Then you burn a few more trying to get yourself out!

Setting Up the Ice House (Includes Drilling Holes) - 340 calories burnt in one hour. Plus you can catch yourself a delicious meal!


If there is a snow-day you now have a really good excuse for skipping the gym! 

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