“Snowshoeing is way better than running. You’re lifting something heavier than a running shoe…and the effort required is greater. For the same distance and terrain, the workout is far superior.” Snowshoeing is an aerobic exercise relies on the body’s consumption of oxygen. By definition, it involves the repetitive use of the body’s large muscle groups; it increases the heart rate and it improves cardiorespiratory endurance.
The health benefits of aerobic exercise such as snowshoeing are tremendous. According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, aerobic exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer. It reduces high blood pressure, helps controls blood sugar, and boosts levels of high-density lipoprotein, the “good” cholesterol, while lowering low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol. It also strengthens the heart, making it pump blood more efficiently. As the heart beats faster, lung capacity increases. With a healthy diet, aerobic exercise also helps with weight loss. And it can diminish symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.
An hour of snowshoeing burns more than 500 calories, based on a body weight of 150 pounds, according to CalorieCounter.com.