Shoveling as Exercise

Step off the elliptical trainer. Save yourself the trip to the gym. Instead, simply pick up your snow shovel and head out to the sidewalk.

According to the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health (1996) 15 minutes of snow shoveling counts as moderate physical activity, half of the moderate physical activity that’s recommended for most days.

A 170-pound person will burn about 250 calories shoveling for 30 minutes.

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