8 Winter Workouts to Check Off Your Bucket List

It’s almost 2015 and you know what that means: New Year’s resolutions. Focus on the coming months and the quite cold weather to create a fitness bucket list. It’s a great way to stay active during the winter and try new activities that can burn a lot more calories than you might think.

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Sledding

Whether you have kids or just want to embrace your inner child, sledding is a great way to stay active while having fun. It also burns mega calories: a 150 pound woman sledding for an hour can burn up to 500 calories.

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Be a Biathlete

If you’ve ever dreamed of participating in the winter Olympics, try the Be a Biathlete Lesson at Whiteface.  The cross-country skiing is an excellent cardio workout and works out the total body, while the shooting allows you to focus on your precision.

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Snowshoeing

Slapping on some snowshoes is not only a great cardiovascular workout, but is also great for your legs.  By walking on the uneven surface, you’ll also be building your balance.

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Ugly Sweater Run

Grab your ugliest holiday sweater and lace up your sneakers for the Ugly Sweater Run.  This fun 5K race benefits Save the Children, and your entry fee qualifies you for unlimited hot chocolate, a knit hat and a post-race adult beverage. The Ugly Sweater Run takes place in over 20 cities throughout the U.S.

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Bikram Yoga

If the idea of heading outside has you shivering, warm up with Bikram Yoga.  The heat allows you to enjoy greater flexibility while getting a super sweaty workout.

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Cupid’s Undie Run

Embrace the cold and strip down for the Cupid’s Undie Run, which takes place in over 20 cities across the U.S.  The race raises money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

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Go Ice Skating

Skating is not only a classic winter activity, but it’s also a great workout.  Because you have to maintain your balance while skating, you’re strengthening all the little stabilizer muscles in your legs.

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Ice Climbing

Ice climbing is an extreme winter sport, but many places offer lessons.  Like rock climbing, ice climbing helps build strength in your legs, upper body and core.

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