For Fitness, Fun, or Just For The Heckuvit.
Snowshoeing has been around since …well, … snow. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if you’re going to catch dinner, you better not spend all day sinking up to your waist in the white stuff.
Whether you’re working outside, performing mountain rescue missions, or just going for a hike, snowshoes are invaluable. Today, snowshoeing is the fastest growing winter activity. And there are lots of reasons why.
Snowshoeing Is Healthy For You
Snowshoeing is a low impact way to get exercise. And the big bonus is, it’s outside! There are many people who, quite frankly, become depressed during the winter months. Snowshoeing can help relieve that depression and change your whole relationship with winter. In addition, snowshoeing burns far more calories than related exercises without snowshoes. For instance, studies have shown that snowshoeing burns from 420 to 1,000 calories per hour, primarily because you have to lift your foot higher, and because “Baby, it’s COLD outside!”, which means your body is burning even more calories to stay warm. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (right here in our own backyard!) conducted a study which found that snowshoeing at an average speed of 3 MPH compared favorably to running at 6 MPH, cycling at 14-16 MPH, and cross country skiing at 5-8 MPH. Snowshoeing is also approved by the American Heart Association as an approved aerobic activity.
Snowshoeing strengthens muscles in the legs and hips. Add snowshoeing poles, and you’ve got a great upper body workout, too!
Snowshoeing Is Cheap!
You can snowshoe ANYWHERE! From golf courses to city and county parks, from national forests to your own backyard, practically anywhere with snow on the ground is a good place to snowshoe. So, you don’t need to purchase expensive lift tickets, hire a helicopter to take you to the top of the mountain, or travel to exotic locations with exotic gear made of stuff no one can even pronounce, much less understand. See? We just saved you a ton of money. Now go buy some Redfeather Snowshoes.
Everybody Can Snowshoe, and There’s A Redfeather Snowshoe for Everybody
It doesn’t matter if you’re eight or eighty, if you can move your feet, you can snowshoe. Depending upon what kind of snowshoeing you might like to do, how much gear you will be carrying, and how tall you are, there is a Redfeather Snowshoe made just for you. It gives the kids a whole new perspective on winter. And because snowshoeing is a very low impact exercise, it’s perfect for those of us who may have been around the block a few more times than we care to admit.
Snowshoeing Is A Social Activity
Ever try to give someone a hug who had five foot long skis on their feet? Not happening. But if you both had Redfeather Snowshoes on, now THAT’S a different story! Get a group together, and put on some snowshoes. Go places that other people just can’t get to. Take pictures of each other and of the scenery, and share!