Inclement Weather Policy

Snow Shovel Workout

Clear your snow-drifted walks and burn calories quickly at the same time. Snow shoveling is dynamic cardio exercise that uses muscles in your legs, core, back, shoulders and arms as you work to keep your body warm, walk around, lift a shovel loaded with frozen water, brace your core, thighs and upper body against the weight, and repeat a full range of movement with each toss. All of these things add up to a fair workout and a strenuous one.

Baseline Calories
Shoveling snow burns about 223 calories per 30 minutes of activity, according to Harvard Medical School's "Calories Burned..." chart. The cost in calories is calculated based on the activity of a person who weighs 155 pounds.

Body Weight
Body weight is a major factor in how many calories a person burns. You are fueling your body weight at the same time as you're clearing the sidewalk. While a 125-pound person may burn 180 calories in a half-hour of shoveling, a 185-pound person would burn 266 calories doing the same job in the same amount of time.