You burn a CRAZY number of calories ice-skating so, get those skates on girl

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Who knew that you could burn SO many calories ice-skating? Not I, but I sure as hell will be popping on the skates and heading to Dundrum this weekend for a much-needed workout.

Because it looks like you can burn up to 633 calories from just one hour of ice-skating. Putting that into retrospect, it would take two hours of powerwalking to burn 600 calories and so, you could simply have fun on the ice instead for half the time and we’re so up for that.

Any exercise that we’re not aware we’re doing sounds good to us, eh?

According to Best Health Magazine, ice-skating doesn’t just improve you’re balance and coordination, but it also helps you strengthen those small muscles the same way as skiing and yoga does oh and lastly, it’s a babe for burning those cals.

Yes, the fitness mag notes that you can burn anything between 387 – 663 calories while doing laps of the rink with certified skating coach, Kristen Kunze saying “you’ll never see a skater with a flabby bum”, we’ll trust her on that one.

And so, we’ve never been so ready to take to the ice with many rinks now open in Ireland for Christmas including Dublin’s Dundrum Town Centre, Cork’s Mahon Point Shopping Centre and Salthill, Galway.

If you’re planning to head ice-skating remember you don’t need to be a pro on the ice nor a certain age, ice-skating is a great activity for everyone and skates and helmets are provided at the venues. Falling on your arse is common (so fear not) and recommend attire is light, warm layers.

See you on the ice.

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Which Classic Winter Sports Torch the Most Calories?

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Think your winter workout routines are tough? For pro athletes, getting in top form means not just long hours in the gym, but sweating it out in the cold day after day. You may not be training for a major competition, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be inspired! FIGURE SKATING: Calories burned per hour: 460*How it works: Chances are, you’ve been watching figure skaters jump and twirl since you were a kid. Jumps are done by pushing off the front of the skate-otherwise known as the toepick-and landing on one foot. Step sequences and spins are also required elements.Where to start: Okay, so you’re not exactly going to whip out a double axle at your local ice rink. Fair enough. But get fit with this winter exercise by putting on a pair of figure skates (hockey skates work too) and getting out on the ice. Pump your arms as you skate for a full-body workout. ALPINE SKIING: Calories burned per hour: 400How it works: Athletes ski downhill as fast as 80 mph on a designated course, maneuvering around a series of gates until the finish line.Where to start: Sure, going full speed down a mountain is extreme fitness, but you don’t have to take it to that level. If you live near a mountain, rent skis, poles and a helmet, and sign up for a lesson (Be prepared for the bunny slope!). Want similar results without braving the elements? Head to the gym and tone up with leg presses and lifts, plus squats. CURLING: Calories burned per hour: 265How it works: A team of four slides a 42-pound rock down a rink and “sweep” the ice to control the speed at which the rock moves.Where to start: Get some friends together for a game of broomball-a game played much like hockey but without the skates. Here’s how to do this winter exercise: Split into teams of six, and try to get a small ball into the other team’s net using a “broom” (a specially-designed stick with a rubber head). SPEED SKATING: Calories burned per hour: 800How it works: Out of all the different Olympic workout routines, speed skating is one of the top calorie burners, but it’s hard to maintain (You wouldn’t sprint for an hour on a track, running, right?). Skaters circle a track on an ice rink and reach speeds of up to about 40 mph, pushing their legs out to the side and swaying their arms for momentum.Where to start: Speed skating is intense, so take this extreme fitness workout down a notch and try rollerblading. You’ll work the same muscles but don’t have to worry about crashing down on the ice. SNOWBOARDING: Calories burned per hour: 485How it works: Snowboarding is another one of the Olympic workout routines that packs a major calorie-burning punch. There are different events, including the slalom, half-pipe, and snowboard cross, which is basically an all-out race downhill.Where to start: If you’re into extreme fitness, rent a board and sign up for a lesson-just be sure to wear a helmet and wrist guards (and be prepared to be sore for a few days after). Or, if you’re looking to get the workout benefits of snowboarding without actually hitting the slopes, focus on leg lifts and other lower-body strengthening routines like running up stairs and squats. BOBSLED: Calories burned per hour: 460How it works: Athletes in teams of two or four line up next to the sleigh, then push the sled off with a running start while getting inside one by one. Once everyone’s inside, the goal is to steer the sleigh while remaining as aerodynamic as possible-not an easy task when you’re going up to 90 mph on a banked, ice track.Where to start: Try some old-fashioned sledding. You might not burn too many calories sliding down a hill, but you’ll get a cardio workout and tone your arms dragging the sled back up to the top!*Estimates of calories burned are based on a 145-pound woman.

Source: Best Health Magazine, January/February 2012

The fitness benefits

Ice-skating is easy on the joints because it’s low impact, and it improves your balance and coordination. ‘You use a lot of small stabilizer muscles that don’t get a workout in day-to-day life, in particular those around your hips, knees and ankles,’ says Kristin Kunze, a certified skating coach and coordinator of the skating programs in the faculty of kinesiology at the University of Calgary. ‘Strengthening those small muscles helps you in other activities, like running, skiing and yoga.’ You’re also toning larger muscles in your legs, butt and core as you propel yourself on the ice. ‘You never see a skater with a flabby bum!’ Kunze notes.

The calorie burn depends on your speed: A 155-lb. woman skating slowly (less than 14 kilometres per hour) burns about 387 calories per hour. Fast, full-out skating (for example, chasing a puck) burns 633 calories per hour. Kunze adds that skating outside offers a bit more of a workout than an indoor rink since you’re contending with wind and bumpier, harder ice.

The most common injuries are to the wrist, or those that come from falling backwards onto the ice and hitting your tailbone or the back of your head. Says Kunze: ‘If you’re skating stiffly, and flail your arms backwards when you lose your balance, you’ll end up on your butt. You need to bend your knees a bit to gain more control, so that you’ll fall on your side.’

What to wear

Warm, light layers work well no matter where you skate. Buying skates, rather than borrowing or renting, is best because your feet will be fitted properly and you’ll be more comfortable (see box, above right). A helmet is a great idea, and it’s generally mandatory for skating lessons; you will need either a hockey helmet or a multi-purpose winter sports helmet such as one used for skiing or snowboarding.

Take lessons

If you’re a beginner or just want to brush up your skills, take adult skating lessons. They generally cost about $75 and up for group lessons, and run for six to eight weeks. Look for classes that are 45 minutes to an hour long, with at least one teacher to every eight students, suggests Kunze.

In a basic class, you’ll learn skills such as how to stand, fall down, get up, stop and glide. In an intermediate class, you may learn about crossovers or power skating.

Speed-skating classes are becoming more popular, too, perhaps due to gaining a higher profile at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Speed skates are an expensive specialty option, so contact a speed-skating club for advice on where to try these skates.

Stay safe on outdoor ice

The Canada Safety Council recommends some basic guidelines if you’re skating on a lake or river:
‘ Use designated areas maintained by people who are knowledgeable about the local conditions such as currents and water depth, which can affect ice thickness.
‘ Remember that river ice is frequently unstable due to changing currents.
‘ Ice must be at least four inches (10 cm) thick. Clear blue ice is strongest; grey ice is unsafe.

Get the right fit

Ditch those figure skates you wore in high school. Skates are much comfier now, with new materials such as carbon fibres and lightweight plastics. ‘I recommend hockey skates for recreational skaters because you can get a decent pair from companies like Nike, Bauer, Graf or Easton for about $100,’ says Kunze. Go to a specialized sporting goods store so you’ll get a sales clerk who knows how to choose the best pair for your feet and ability.

In general:
‘ Skates are usually a size smaller than your normal shoe size.
‘ Wear thin wool or fitness socks rather than doubling up with two pairs of
regular socks.
‘ Lace the skates firmly and stand up. Your heel should be right at the back of the boot, and your toe should not touch the front end. Your heel and ankle should feel snugly gripped, as if you’re wearing running shoes, but not tight or painful.
‘ Get the store or your local rink to sharpen the skates before you hit the ice. If you’re skating leisurely once a week indoors, sharpening once a winter is fine. Outdoor ice contains grit and mineralized water and is harder on your blades, so sharpen every outing or two.

This article was originally titled “Lace ’em up!” in the January/February 2012 issue of Best Health. Subscribe today to get the full Best Health experience’and never miss an issue!

How Competitive Figure Skating Works

Russia’s Alina Zagitova’s stunning costume at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow in January 2018 is just an example of what you might see skaters wearing on the ice. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images

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It’s certainly possible to be a competitive figure skater at any age, although most of the skaters competing in international competitions are relatively young, from their mid-teens to mid-twenties. Many — although not all — of the skaters who go on to compete at this level begin lessons as children, even as toddlers.

U.S. Figure Skating offers a Basic Skills Program through which novice skaters of any age can learn the fundamentals in more than 800 registered rinks across the country. In fact, many countries’ figure skating governing organizations offer similar programs. Most of these programs introduce the sport as both fun and easy, although it does require a lot of determination and practice. In the early days when many skaters fall down as often as they skate, the program also demands resiliency.

Proper clothing and skates are key to successful figure skating. While skates don’t necessarily have to be brand-new, they shouldn’t be broken in to the point where they provide little or no support. They should fit the foot snugly and lace up correctly. U.S. Figure Skating recommends that skaters purchase new or used skates from a reputable pro shop to ensure a perfect fit. Experts also encourage skaters to wear layered clothing during practice sessions, as rinks are air-conditioned to between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit (10 and 15.5 degrees Celsius). Form-fitting but not overly tight pants are recommended as well, although tights often provide the best fit inside the skate.

It’s not a bad idea for novice skaters to wear mittens or gloves: Frequent falls bring them in close contact with ice on a regular basis. Beginning skaters and children under the age of 6 are advised to wear helmets to prevent head injury. Once skaters reach higher levels of competition, their clothing becomes much more elaborate and expensive. Custom costumes for high-level skaters can cost thousands of dollars.

Ice skating is an aerobic activity and is a great way to stay in shape and burn off unwanted calories. According to U.S. Figure Skating, competitive skaters can burn between 450 and 1,080 calories per hour, whereas recreational skaters burn between 250 and 810. Competitive figure skaters are encouraged to practice safe nutritional habits by eating a well-balanced diet and making sure to ingest enough water, protein, fats, fiber, carbohydrates, calcium, Vitamin D and iron. Experts also recommend that skaters eat five or six small meals spread out over the course of the day rather than three large ones. This helps even out blood glucose levels and stimulates their metabolism.

Is Roller Skating Good Exercise?

When you think of fitness and getting in shape, your mind probably almost immediately wanders to the well-known methods of weight loss. Going to the gym, walking, swimming, running, cycling, and yoga are most likely to be the things to come to mind.

However, one popular sport to lose weight and get fitness levels up is often overlooked, and that’s roller skating.

Yes, that’s right; the sport that you usually associate with rolling down the palm-lined boulevards of LA and Florida can help you get fit today.

There are so many health benefits of rollerblading and roller skating it will surprise you. The extra-added bonus is that popular roller sports such as recreational inline skating, roller derby and speed skating are also fun!

So it’s totally feasible for you to get fit roller skating or rollerblading and lose weight. Now you can kill two birds with one stone – roller skate to get fit and have fun while you do it.

I love anything related to roller skating and rollerblading, and the health benefits of skating is the cherry on the top.

Here are 10 benefits of skating and reasons why you should take up roller skating, rollerblading or inline skating to get fit.

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1. Roller Skating Burns Calories

It’s a well-known fact that to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume everyday. In other words, you need a negative calorie deficit to drop the pounds.

There are plenty of ways that people try and lose weight, but if you’re serious about losing weight, you need to be sensible.

Walking and running are great ways to burn calories, but let’s face it these aren’t always fun ways to get fit. If you’re not a runner, it’s going to be a chore, and the novelty is soon going to wear off.

Skating for weight loss on the other hand can just mean putting on your skates and going for a leisurely skate in the park.

Both indoor and outdoor roller skating are great ways to burn calories. Skating is a cardiovascular activity. It gets the heart working harder, it works up a sweat, and if you skate regularly and follow a healthy diet, you’ll soon see the fat melt away.

Skating to lose weight is an effective method of getting healthy. No matter what kind of skating you do, you’re still going to burn calories.

How Many Calories Does Roller Skating Burn?

A leisurely 30-minute roller skating session down the boulevard is going to burn 250 calories!

So, if you do the math skating for 30 minutes five times a week will burn approximately 1250 calories. This together with a sensible reduced diet will help you lose one pound a week.

Of course your weight influences the amount of calories burned in an hour from skating. If two people of different weights skate at the same speed for the same distance and on the same terrain, the one who weighs more is going to burn more calories roller skating – this is the same for every type of exercise, not just roller skating for fitness.

As well as your weight, the type of skating you do will also determine the calories burned skating.

Fitness Magazine carried out a study on different people of different weights who roller skate and rollerblade for exercise. According to them, a person who weighs 150lbs will burn 482 calories every hour when quad skating. But did you know that calories burned rollerblading or inline skating is even more? That same person, who weighs 150lbs, burns around 600 calories per hour rollerblading. I guess it’s all of that extra balancing on a single blade of wheels that accounts for it.

2. Build Muscle Definition From Roller Skating

Not only will you drop a number of pounds over a 3-month period if you roller skate for weight loss, you’ll also be able to tone up and build more muscle definition skating as well.

Every time you go out roller skating you’ll notice an increase in muscle definition. Skating is a cardio exercise, but it’s so much more. Roller sports help flex and firm up a number of areas including your abs, glutes, thighs, and also calves.

Your glutes are the scientific term for your butt, and this is the area that gets the best workout. A person’s glutes is actually made up of three different muscles: gluteus maximus, medius and minimus. Every time you skate, you twist, turn and bend as you navigate turns and corners, and it is these actions that really engage your backside, making it firm, pert and well defined.

If you’ve endured an intense skate session, you’ll feel a number of areas of your body no matter how fit you are. Your quads, hamstrings, and thighs will all feel the burn from moving your legs forwards and backwards. The first parts of your body you’re likely to see tone up is your calves. Getting toned calves from skating is normal as it is this area of the body that sees a lot of the action – they help stabilize the Achilles tendon, which supports the ankle as it works extra hard while you’re doing your roller skating or rollerblading workout.

If you’re carrying excess weight, it will obviously take a bit more time to notice muscle definition from rollerblading and skating, but as soon as you do manage to drop some pounds and lose the excess weight, you’ll notice that you look significantly leaner and toned. Who would have ever thought that the best way to tone up is by skating?

3. Improve Your Balance Roller Skating

Some people have natural balance, but for many this is not something that comes naturally. Your balance can affect how you walk and how you do certain sports and activities. Having good balance is important; it reduces the amount of energy you expend when doing regular activities like walking or even sitting, and it also helps reduce fatigue. And because balance in skating is necessary to successfully roller skate, you’ll soon learn the necessary tricks and techniques to improve it.

Roller skating improves your balance thanks to the muscles used during roller skating. Improve your balance roller skating as you use your lower-back and abdominal muscles to roll forwards and backwards. Skating requires you to keep a steady core in order to remain upright, which is the perfect recipe if you’re looking to achieve better balance.

4. Roller Skating For Better Heart Health

Heart disease is prevalent. It’s also the leading cause of premature death in the USA. Heart disease, which includes heart attacks, strokes, and other related cardiovascular diseases, is a killer, and according to the National Heart Foundation approximately 787,000 people die from heart disease in the USA alone – this is a shocking statistic, and thanks to the everyday stressors we endure, it’s on the increase at alarming rates.i

Roller skating, inline skating and rollerblading strengthen the heart, and The American Heart Association has deemed roller sports as an effective form of aerobic exercise. Moderate roller skating and rollerblading will increase the average skater’s heart rate from 140-160 beats a minute. And if you’re the more daring type or participate in more energetic forms of skating such as speed skating and roller derby, you can increase your heart rate dramatically up to about 180 beats a minute.

5. Defeat Diabetes Roller Skating

Diabetes is on the rise, and it’s almost as common as heart disease. But it’s all interrelated. Unhealthy diets, sedentary lifestyles, being overweight, and a lack of aerobic exercise often trigger type 2 diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association recommends two main types of physical activity to manage and prevent diabetes – strength training and aerobic exercise, both of which are already two health benefits of roller skating and rollerblading. Therefore, with these things in mind, you can effectively control diabetes roller skating.

Roller skating is an excellent example of an aerobic exercise, and the aerobic exercise from skating helps your body use and control your insulin better. Roller skating strengthens the heart and bones, relieves stress, lowers blood glucose levels, and improves cholesterol levels. All of these factors influence diabetes, so in effect, you could roller skate to control diabetes or perhaps even prevent it.

Doctors recommend diabetes patients and those deemed “at risk” to aim for about 30-minutes of light-to-moderate aerobic exercise 5 days a week. If you really want to take control of your diabetes roller skating, skate more than the recommended 5 times a week. It’s really important that you keep your roller skating regular and don’t allow two or more days to pass without your skating workout to get healthy.

6. Strength Training Benefits Of Roller Skating – Get More Body Power

Another great health benefit of roller skating is that it helps build strength. This is especially true in building muscle and lower body strength. Strength training, which is also known as resistance training, is also another way of controlling diabetes. However, strength training shouldn’t just be limited to disease, you should always want to make your body stronger. A strong body not only fights off disease through building up a strong immune system it also reduces the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures in your later years.

An advantage of roller skating is it’s a whole body workout, but there are of course some areas and muscle groups that get more of a workout roller skating. Your improved body strength from skating will also improve your skating coordination, help you prevent roller skating injuries, and also help keep you more active and lithe as you get older.

7. Go Harder For Longer – Endurance Roller Skating

Another health benefit of rollerblading and roller skating is that skating improves muscular endurance. We’ve already learned that roller skating increases strength but with this also comes a huge boost in muscular endurance, meaning you’ll be able to go harder for longer. All of a sudden you’ll be able to roller skate for longer, run further without stopping, and do other exercises for an extended period of time.

As an endurance-building sport, inline skating is one of the most advantageous forms of exercise, especially when it comes to muscle development. Skating builds muscles like nobody’s business, even more so than your standard forms of exercise such as running and cycling. If you go back in time and remember what your fitness and endurance levels were like before you took up roller skating as a hobby and compare them to now, you’ll notice a huge difference. So, it’s fair to say skating and endurance go hand in hand.

8. Prevent Injuries Roller Skating

Roller skating is one of the best forms of exercise. Forget what they say about running and walking for exercise, roller skating is much safer. We’re not referring to the falls or scrapes to the knees you might get from roller skating (that’s what skating knee pads and elbow pads are for), we’re referring to the typical muscle and joint injuries from sports.

Running and walking wreck havoc on the joints, especially the knees, and if you’re not careful, you might cause yourself a permanent injury from sport. This is where roller skating is different. All disciplines of skating are low-impact sports.

Why is roller skating so easy on the joints? When you roller skate, there’s a fluid motion; there are no jerky movements like in running, walking, aerobics, and dancing. Thanks to this fluid movement in roller skating and inline skating, you’re less likely to endure joint damage skating. So in short, you’ll still be able to enjoy the same results that running and dancing on the body have, but without the harsh impact.

According to university studies, the impact skating has on the joints compared to other higher-impact sports like running was 50 percent less. So, in short, roller skating is an aerobic workout just as worthy as other forms of aerobic exercise, but without the associated joint damage.

9. Roller Skating Makes You Happy

There are obvious physical health benefits of roller skating, but there are also mental health benefits of roller sports as well. Roller skating clears the mind, minimizes mild forms of depression, and it just makes you happy.

Roller skating reduces bad hormones and while it does this, it increases the good endorphins, which are commonly known as the ‘happy hormones’.

The endorphins from roller sports relieve ‘brain pain’, and thanks to the extended aerobic workout from roller skating you’ll feel naturally good. You’ll also be able to take advantage of the good endorphins from skating, as these will improve your concentration levels and allow you to hone in on your basic skating techniques. So not only does roller skating make you happy you’ll also be able improve your roller skating and inline skating techniques. So, essentially you can regulate your mood roller skating. And if you like to roller skate in a group of friends, you’ll have even more fun, because roller sports are great group activities.

10. Live A Stress-Free Life Thanks To Your Roll

Stress is synonymous with everyday modern life. Almost every person you speak to is stressed out about something or someone. It doesn’t matter whether they’re stressed about their health, work, family, personal relationships, or money, stress can be very dangerous, and if it isn’t reduced and controlled, it can lead to more serious results, namely death.

It is absolutely essential to try and reduce your stress levels, and skating minimizes stress. Many people who’ve never done any kind of roller skating, view it as a tiring sport. Yes, roller skating and rollerblading can definitely knock the wind out of you, but you can also roller skate peacefully as well.

If you’re in need of some much-needed quiet time, skating is a relaxing activity. Choose a peaceful scenic location that’s ideal for roller skating, and take advantage of the moment focusing on your surroundings, breathing and fresh air.

Doctors suggest taking up sport or new activities to reduce stress, and this is great advice. But there’s no point in doing an activity you hate such as walking or jogging; this is likely to exasperate your stress levels even more, which is why you need to do a fun activity to reduce stress such as roller skating.

The fitness benefits of skating are simply mind-blowing. If you’ve been contemplating taking up a roller sport for fitness, roller skating and rollerblading workouts are some of the best kinds of workouts you can do. Now you can have fun and get fit skating and forget about all your worries. So, if you haven’t already started skating, now’s the time!

Which Sports Burn the Most Calories

Exercise is one of the main reasons why people choose to play a sport. Of course there are other reasons, but what’s better than exercising while playing a sport you love? Most athletes will vigorously argue that their sport provides a better workout, but science can settle the argument.
Lovers of water rejoice. Sports played on a form of H2O (ice, snow, and water) hold three of the six spots in our rankings. Sports played on grass, on hardwood, and in the ring round out the final three spots.
The number of calories burned in each sport varies based on how fast or hard a person is working. At a competitive rate of play, a person playing ice hockey will burn about 30 more calories per 10 minutes as opposed to a person playing leisurely. All calories counts in the rankings are based on a 180-pound person.
Enough with the science. Below we present to you the highest calorie burning sports, from lowest to highest.
Here are 6 sports that burn the most calories:
#6 Basketball
On average, a competitive game of basketball burns about 650 calories per hour. Maybe this is why they say “ball is life.” Basketball is a great way to burn calories and a great way to soak up the sun during the summer. The combination of running, jumping, and quick lateral movements do wonders for your body. A competitive game of basketball, either organized or pick-up, burns the most calories. Even shooting hoops in your driveway (with the hoop you haven’t used in 6 years) can burn up to 350 calories per hour. Playing basketball has been proven one of the most effective ways to lose weight.
#5 Ice Hockey/ Ice Skating
Playing hockey burns an average of 660 calories per hour. Ice hockey is an expensive but rewarding sport. While top-of-the-line skates can cost nearly $1,000, you can find cheaper equipment at your local rink’s pro shop. Once you get the necessary equipment and learn the basics of skating, you’re well on your way to burning a ton of calories. If hockey isn’t the sport for you, an hour of vigorous ice-skating can burn up to 735 calories.
#4 Football
Football players burn an average of 735 calories per hour. Football is a sport that has been under the microscope in recent years due to injuries. New changes, starting at the youngest levels of football, have promoted a safer way to play. Although there are not many recreational contact football leagues for adults, you can form your own flag football team and leagues in order to compete for The Flag Football National Championship while burning 650 calories per hour with your teammates.
#3 Swimming
Believe it or not, swimming is a grueling workout that burns an average of 899 calories per hour! Swimming works the majority of muscle groups in your body in an effective but low impact, injury averse way. The amount of calories burned while swimming varies based on the speed and type of stroke a person performs. A slow, freestyle stroke burns about 570 calories per hour while a faster butterfly stroke burns 900 calories per hour.
#2 Boxing
Boxing is an amazing workout that allows you to burn up to 981 calories per hour. Boxing combines speed, strength and endurance while you push your body to new extremes. A boxer during a boxing match burns about 981 calories, while sparring with another boxer can burn up to 735 calories per hour.
#1 Skiing
Our top spot belongs to skiing at an incredible 1348 calories per hour! Skiing is the king of all winter sports. Like swimming, skiing is a sport that works your full body. An average skier burns 654 calories per hour, but the real calorie burn comes from cross-country skiing. A person that performs an uphill cross-country ski race will burn an enormous 1348 calories per hour. Skiing provides the ultimate sports-based workout.

Staying in the Game

If you’re going to keep up with your favorite calorie-burning sport, you’ve got to stay healthy. Hockey equipment, athletic shoes, helmets, boxing gloves, ski boots — all sporting equipment and gear — can quickly contract nasty germs and bacteria from sweat and being stored improperly in the locker room, your trunk, or garage. Without proper cleaning and disinfecting, you can wind up with an annoying or dangerous illness like MRSA, staph, impetigo, the flu, or herpes. Clear Gear Spray is a disinfectant and deodorizing athletic gear and personal protective equipment spray that kills 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and gets rid of smelly odors. Clean and disinfect your gear and equipment after every use with a quick spray of Clear Gear Spray so you can keep performing at your top calorie-burning speed.

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