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Finding fit things to do: Snowshoeing

Posted by Elizabeth Comeau  January 25, 2012 01:08 PM

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Nicole Cammorata, Staff

The great thing about snowshoeing is that you can really do it anywhere -- as long as there's snow, of course. Lucky for me (and anyone else into winter sports), we got a bit of the white stuff over the weekend.

We ventured outside on Sunday to hit the Colby Philips trail in Hanover, Mass. -- a woodland path nearly a mile long (one way) that winds through pine, birch, and hemlock trees and takes you over a couple small brooks. A short offshoot of the main trail will lead you to an overlook of a beautiful marsh (above).

Snowshoeing takes very little skill -- it's just walking -- but is a great cardio workout, burning 45% more calories per hour than you would walking or running the same route. And if you're looking for an even more challenging workout, you can make like a certain Health producer and drag your 11/2-year-old behind you in a sled. (We're looking at you, Elizabeth.)

The snow should be deep enough that the ground is not exposed -- be wary of rocks that could dull the metal spikes on your shoes. When we went over the weekend, there were about six inches of snow on the trails and it was just enough.

When looking for trails in your area, look to those same places you'd go for a walk or a run. Cross country trails are usually great in the snow. In a pinch, walking the perimeter of school sports fields will work too. To find more local trails in your area, I'd suggest checking out a website like, which lets you filter by city, state, and activity.

snow2Shoes.jpgIf you don't own your own shoes, don't fret. Places like Eastern Mountain Sports and REI both offer rentals. The most important thing of course is to just get out there -- it?s amazing what a couple hours outside can do for your mental (and physical) health.

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Editor's note: Fellow sport enthusiast and blogger Nicole Cammorata is the Things to Do producer for Since she knows about all the goings-on in and around the city, she's also going to be a regular contributor to the Get Moving blog to help us find healthy things to do.

Staying fit is an important part of staying healthy. This blog will offer exercise tips from experts as well as share the personal journeys of Globe staff members committed to fitness. No matter your age or energy level, we invite you to join in and share your own story. How do you find time to work out? What are your daily challenges? Let us know and read along -- and together, we can all get moving.


Elizabeth Comeau is a social media marketing manager at She will be blogging about her personal fitness journey and using a device called a FitBit to track her weekly goals and progress (see below). Follow her journey and share your own. Read more about Elizabeth and this blog.

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