In a matter of months, many of us will be basking in the sun and enjoying the warm season.
And with summer slowly creeping up on us, some Brits might have weight loss and fitness on their minds.
So if you’re planning a winter holiday beforehand, there is a way of slashing belly fat on the slopes.
According to Crystal Ski Holidays, you can burn up to 1,260 calories an hour with winter sports.
Hitting the slopes isn’t all about the boozy nights and snow, in fact one hour of skiing can burn up to 588 calories.
With most people indulging more than usual in the winter period, here are the top three calorie burners:
1. Speed skating:
Hitting the ice rink may be one of the best decisions you make this year as you can burn up to 1,260 calories for men and 1,035 for women in just one hour.
With the average person only burning around 240 – 355 calories in the gym in 30 minutes, speed skating triples this in just an hour.
So if you plan on speed skating for five hours, you could burn more than 6 medium sized McDonald’s Big Mac meals, which is a whopping 6,090 calories.
2. Cross country skiing:
Cross country skiing is both fun and challenging which can burn around 756 calories per hour.
When you’re working a number of muscles to travel over the snow terrain, men can burn off around five pints of beer or nearly four glasses of mulled wine in an hour.
Women can burn around 621 calories, which is four pints of beer or four glasses of mulled wine.
3. Ice hockey:
This sport can burn around 672 calories an hour for men and around 552 for women.
While the amount of calories burned are a lot less compared to speed skating, ice hockey is a great sport to play with a group of friends.
Chris Logan, Managing Director of Crystal Ski Holidays, said: “We tend to eat more during the winter periods, with changes in temperature and fewer daylight hours we crave carbs and sweet treats that put us in a good mood.
“While analysing the data for our Earn Your Après tool, we noticed not only do a number of winter sports burn a considerable amount of calories, but they’re also a great way to work various muscles – all while having fun.
“Many may think of skiing holidays as luxury chalets, indulgent food and lots of alcohol, but skiing is, in fact, a great way to keep active and healthy with your family or friends.”