One of my most popular posts is “How Many Calories Do You Burn Walking Your Dog?” In this snowshoeing series, I have told you several times that snowshoeing burns significantly more calories than walking alone.
I told you that snowshoeing is almost as easy as walking. I say “almost” because you WILL sweat more.
Sweating more is proof that you are burning a heck of a lot more calories. Because you are walking on an uneven surface, and have to lift your legs higher so your snowshoes don’t catch on the snow, you will even burn up to 50% more calories.
For example, According to the Snowshoeing Calorie Calculator from Everyday Health, a 160 lb person snowshoeing for 2 hrs (the average trip) would burn 1161 calories. That same person was walking for the same amount of time would only burn about 500 calories. That is less than half of the calories.
That may sound nice but I wanted give you access to real numbers, not just a ballpark figure or warm and fuzzy concept.
You can enter your information into the Everyday Health Calculator to find out exactly how many calories you will burn while snowshoeing with your dog.
I don’t count Chester and Gretel’s calories but I put their information into the calculator to see how many calories a dog burns just for the fun of it. The results said that Chester burns 95 calories during 2 hours of snowshoeing. I have seen how hard he works so that seems a little low to me but I am sure it is not too far off. He does weigh only 13 lbs after all 🙂
The best part about snowshoeing for fitness and weight loss is that you get to have fun playing in the outdoors. It is work but you barely notice because the scenery is so beautiful. It’s way better than hitting the gym just to stare at a the wall and breathe someone else’s air and sweat (appealing, no?).
Also, your dog makes a good workout partner. More and more people these days are Trailing Their Dog to Good Health™. There is nothing better than spending the day with your dog. I bet you dog thinks there is nothing better than walkies and spending the day with you too. You can have fun together and burn calories while you are at it.
Besides burning calories, there are other health benefits too. Wintercampers.com lists some of these benefits:
- It offers a low-impact, safe form of exercise.
- It is an aerobic workout that also builds strength and muscle endurance.
- It helps you improve your running fitness
- It works the hip flexors and extensors which are crucial muscles for cyclists.
If you have just found this post and like the idea of snowshoeing for fitness you can go back to these earlier posts in this series to learn how to get started:
How to choose a snowshoe and where to get them