We are getting our first winter snowstorm and basically what that means to many of us is that it’s time to shovel or plow the snow. Snow shoveling is a tedious chore but I remind myself that it’s actually good exercise, which helps me get through it. Here are some reasons why it is so good:
- It’s a Full-Body Workout
Snow shoveling is a full-body workout that engages your arms, shoulders, back, core, and legs. The act of lifting and throwing snow requires you to use your upper body muscles, while the twisting and turning of your body to reach different areas engage your core muscles. Additionally, pushing and walking through the snow requires you to use your leg muscles, making it a complete full-body workout. You’ll definitely feel it the next day, I promise!
- It Burns Calories
Since snow shoveling involves full-body movements, it is a great way to burn calories. On average, a person can burn around 300-400 calories per hour of shoveling. This is equivalent to the amount of calories burned during a moderate-intensity workout such as cycling or swimming. No gym needed today as every muscle will be working!
- It Improves Cardiovascular Health
Snow shoveling is a cardiovascular exercise that can improve heart health. When you shovel snow, your heart rate increases, and you breathe faster and deeper, which improves blood circulation and oxygenation to your body. This, in turn, can improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of heart disease. If you’re huffin and puffin, take a break, drink water, and go slower!
- It Builds Strength and Endurance
Snow shoveling requires strength and endurance, especially when dealing with heavy or wet snow. Over time, regular snow shoveling can build strength and endurance in your muscles, making it easier to perform daily tasks and reducing the risk of injury.
- It’s a Mood Booster
Physical activity, such as snow shoveling, can release endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good. This can boost your mood, reduce stress, and improve overall mental health. Remember my earlier endorphins post, here’s another way to increase them!
As much as snow shoveling is a chore just remember you’re also getting your workout for the day. All about perspective!
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