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December 30, 2012 3:58 PM
So I'm 149 lb now (started @ 165 lb, yippy!), and I walk to work pretty much everyday, 20 min each way. MFP says I burn about 74 calories each way. From living in Canada, I KNOW that walking in snow (especially soft snow) takes much more energy than walking on clear pavement. So how can I track this? Anyone know? I know maybe it's a bit ambiguous since "snow" can differ from a few inches to a few feet, but any sort of estimation might help :)
December 30, 2012 4:01 PM
Do you have a HRM??
December 30, 2012 4:01 PM
I would prolly log it as walking through sand, which is in the database. I think sand, mud, snow, or anything else you have to trudge through the calorie burn is similar.
December 30, 2012 4:01 PM
Suggestion - get a HRM. That's probably going to be the best way for you to know if you want something more accurate than general websites.
December 30, 2012 4:03 PM
Found this if it helps>

Changing Conditions
The amount of calories burned from walking depends on speed and terrain. Imagine walking from your car to your workplace in perfect weather conditions and on level ground. If you were a 150-lb. person of average build, you would burn about 136 calories per hour with this type of walking. But make that walk uphill in the snow (much like a story your grandpa probably told you), and the rate can jump to over 400 calories an hour.

Read more: How Many Calories Does Walking Burn? |
December 30, 2012 4:05 PM
You need to get an HRM. I can tell you that I hike in regular weather and snow. Calorie burn is marginally higher in snow for me, but not by much really. In fact, since you go slower overall in pace (because of footing issues), I find it is pretty much a wash.
Edited by Doberdawn On December 30, 2012 4:09 PM
December 30, 2012 4:07 PM

I would prolly log it as walking through sand, which is in the database. I think sand, mud, snow, or anything else you have to trudge through the calorie burn is similar.

I've also been walking in the snow the last couple days and went looking for an entry for "snow", "beach" or "sand" and couldn't find anything. I have been just logging it regularly and knowing at the end of the day I've actually done more than it says :)

I might consider adding 20% to my time or saying I walked faster than I did.
December 30, 2012 4:16 PM
no I don't have a HRM, I probably should look into it though :)

I do know my heart rate is higher in the cold early mornings though because the cold air in the winter affects my ashma, which as a result increases my heart rate :/

Oh well, as I thought I guess there is no magic number :)
January 12, 2014 1:23 PM
I was wondering if anyone would have any idea about calories burned while walking in snow barefoot. I know this may sound strange to people.............but, when I was a k id I used to do it all the time. I was trying to get back fired, and I never caught anything. Now, that I am an adult I have heard that it helps stimulate your immune system, and your metabolism. Any thoughts?
March 5, 2014 11:20 AM
I know this is an old thread, but walking in packed snow increases your calorie burn by 60% So if you normally burn 100 calories on your walk on sidewalk or other tamped surface, you can log 160 calories for the same distance/time/effort.

The above is from Weight Watchers, Snow Day Workout!!

Pomona, MO and yes, we do get snow. Generally it doesn't amount to much but this year we've had about about 14" in southern Missouri.
April 11, 2014 4:33 PM
Calorie burn is probably about the same as walking a flat surface but you will do more to strengthen your muscles giving you a faster resting metabolism. This will help you burn more calories in the long run!

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