A few weeks ago I visited my in-laws in Vermont. There was two feet of snow on the ground, the temperature was a balmy 20 degrees, and Dave and I were itching to get out of the house. So we bundled up, strapped on snowshoes, and took off. It's surprisingly easy to get the hang of walking with huge metal frames strapped to your feet, and the shoes let you hike in deep snow without sinking to the ground or slipping. And while snowshoeing doesn't require much skill, it definitely requires a lot of effort-on the part of your heart, lungs, and your lower body. I was huffing and puffing after just 20 minutes uphill, and I felt the burn in my legs and butt. Snowshoeing torches more than nine calories a minute! Multiply that by my one-hour minute trek (let's just pretend I didn't take that snow-angel break) and I burned 540 calories that afternoon. Not too shabby for a walk.

Want to give it a try? Grab a group of friends (you can chat while you trek) and participate in Tubbs Romp to Stomp out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series. You can take part in a 3K or 5K snowshoe walk or race to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Stopping to catch my breath on the trail

One of my snow angels