Christmas and New Years have come and gone and winter will soon follow, leaving behind those added pounds from holiday parties, snacks, and treats. Motivation to exercise in the winter can be as low as the temperature! Luckily, though, you don’t need a treadmill in order to exercise. Here are some common chores and activities that will help you burn calories this winter.


Everyone knows travelling can be stressful, but it can also burn calories. For example, towing a suitcase for 30 minutes can burn about 100 calories. Unloading a car for 15 minutes can burn 40, and carrying luggage up the stairs for 10 minutes can burn around 70 calories.

Winter Sports

winter kids sledding

Sure, it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop having fun! You can burn as much as 400 calories an hour ice skating, sledding, snowboarding, skiing, or snow-shoeing.


snow shovel

OK, we hate chores as much as the next person, but all that hard work you do this winter can pay off in more than one way. Chopping wood for your fireplace can help you burn up to 500 calories in one hour.

Shoveling snow can also burn around 350-400 calories in an hour. So after you’re finished with your own driveway, why not help out with a neighbor’s or move on to the sidewalk?

Clearing snow off your roof can be a workout, too. Not only does it protect your roof and prevent leaks, but it can help you burn 200 calories. Just be careful not to slip and fall. Make sure you avoid steep sections of your roof and have a buddy with you.

snow on roof

You might not have realized that all the time you spend vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, and dusting your house goes a long way towards burning calories. Moderate cleaning can actually burn around 150 calories in 45 minutes.

Fun Activities

Another surprising way to burn calories is cooking. Between chopping ingredients and rushing around the kitchen, you can burn about 100 calories in one hour.

You can also burn about 200 calories an hour shopping. Walking around a mall, carrying bags, and going up and down stairs pays off. So take your time and load up your shopping bags!