Saturday, November 26, 2011
You'll burn more calories. Since walking in the snow is tougher than walking on solid ground (you have to lift your feet higher as you step), you'll burn more calories-even if you walk slower than your usual pace.
You'll tone up faster. Your calves & thighs work twice as hard walking in snow and ice (as opposed to on level ground); plus, you're forced to engage your core in order to maintain your balance, so you'll strengthen your abs, too. In fact, many of the muscles used during a flat walk in the snow are the same ones that you would engage on a hilly hike.
You'll beat stress. When you're concentrating so intensely on every step, your mind can't wander - and that can be a good thing for your mental health. When you concentrate on the task at hand during exercise, you will feel more relaxed afterward than if you had listened to music or thought about your day.
Chilling stat: 30 percent of people stop walking outdoors during winter...but you shouldn't!