Calories Burned Snowshoeing
The energy expenditure during snowshoeing is greater than many sports. On hilly terrain in packed snow, if you are snowshoeing at a rate of approximately 3.5 miles per hour, you can expect to burn up to 800 calories an hour. At a steady and persistent pace, you can maximize your calorie burn, topping out at up to 1,000 calories burned per hour. For the average woman, a brisk snowshoeing session of 30 minutes will burn about 325 calories.
The muscles used during snowshoeing are similar to the muscles used during a vigorous walk or hike. During snowshoeing, your hip flexors and quadriceps are targeted due to the lifting motion used with each step. The use of poles also incorporates a strengthening, upper body workout. It has been estimated that snowshoeing compares to cross country skiing at 5 to 8 mph, running at 6 mph, or biking at 14 to 16 mph.
Snowshoeing is an excellent low impact workout due to the cushioning of the snow. It offers a wide range of options for exercise intensity. At the lower end you can leisurely pace yourself on flat terrain, stopping and slowing as needed. At the high end, you can break trail at a strenuous pace, going up and down hills, through deep snow. It is also important to note that fat loss is actually accelerated in colder weather, thereby making snowshoeing one of best exercises for increased fitness and weight loss.