Winter fitness activity: Snowshoeing

February 4, 2008 4:49:02 PM PST
Snowshoeing is a great way to exercise and it's easier than you think.

Getting some exercise this winter season is easier than you think! Fitness expert Lorrie Sullenberger shows Leigh Glaser how to burn 750 calories in an hour. It's fun and you can do it with your family!

Fitness Expert Lorrie Sullenberger: www.FitandFabulousOutdoors.com

About Lorrie Sullenberger:
She is the creator of Fit and Fabulous...Outdoors! television show, is inspiring women form all fitness levels to discover a more exhilarating life through incorporating the outdoors in their quest for better health. Lorrie is certified through the American Council on Exercise and has owned and operated a women's gym. "Most women know that they need to do some kind of exercise" that is not the issue, Lorrie says. It's the inspiration to get out there and start. I want to reach out to women who think their weight is hopeless, give them some inspiration and show them how they can get Fit and Fabulous...Outdoors too.

The benefits of snowshoeing:

  • Snowshoeing burns 750 calories an hour! More that just about any other exercise activity.
  • It is a fun outdoor activity for the entire family.
  • It is inexpensive and has a pretty short learning curve! Just walk.
  • If your family is skiing for the day and you don't ski you can go out safely, the trails are very well marked and enjoy the fresh air too.
  • Really fun girlfriend outing.
  • You can visit and get some exercise and enjoy natures beauty at the same time. No helmet required so you can have good hair doing it.
  • Smaller butt and good hair is about the best you can get.

Things to know:

  • Dress in layers you will get hot and you need to be able to put on or take off layers.
  • Bring a small pack with water and a few snacks. You will be burning a lot of calories and you will need to refuel.
  • If you are going back country tell someone where you are.
  • Remember however far out you snowshoe you are only half way done you still have to go back so make sure you reserve some energy.

Gear:
Snowshoes are smaller and lighter than ever. They make them for recreational, mountaineering and racing. Men's of course are larger and women's being smaller. You don't need special boots but you do need water proof boots some kind with a thick wool sock is best. Hiking poles with a basket on the bottom.

REI gear is available at: www.REI.com


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