I do snowboarding 2 hours/day three times a week and I was wondering if it really counts for cardio. If not, what could I add to my daily routine such as weight training or cardio? Other days I alternate cardio (aerobics) and weight training (upper body, lower body, then total body) . The problem is I don’t really have time for 1 hour training myself the days that I do snowboarding. Can anyone answer my question please? thank you 🙂
Participating in snowboarding doesn’t guarantee weight loss, but a moderate- to high-intensity session does burn a significant number of calories. A 150-pound person burns almost 430 calories in an hour-long moderate session, while a vigorous series of runs burns about 570 calories per hour. Burn off 3,500 calories more than you consume, and you can lose a pound.
I’m not a boarder but do ski. I know when I am skiing powder it is a heck of a lot more of a workout than skiing groomed runs. So your workout and level of exercise you are getting will probably vary. If you are looking for something else in the winter months, consider trying xc-skiing. There is track skiing on groomed trails – can be classical or skate skiing. There is also backcountry skiing and/or telemark skiing. Cross country skiing is like swimming as it uses a lot of muscle groups but also requires balance and core muscles.