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A partner at Alegria & Barovick, LLP, in New York and a regular continuing legal education instructor, Andrew Barovick handles personal injury and medical malpractice cases. When he is not busy providing high-quality legal services to clients, Andrew Barovick enjoys exercising, and he is particularly fond of such activities as running, skiing, and snowshoeing.

When many people think about snowshoeing, they think of it as a necessary way to walk in snow, not as an effective exercise. However, the activity is actually very beneficial to the body for a number of reasons. The following are just a few examples:

-Burning calories. For every hour a person is snowshoeing, he or she burns up to 1,000 calories depending on the type of snow and incline of the trail. Regardless of the actual amount of calories burned, snowshoeing at any level burns more calories per hour than running because the legs are lifted higher and the body is working harder to stay warm.

-Maintaining overall health. Fresh air does wonders for the body. It reduces stress and ensures the body gets important vitamins. Many people prefer holing up during winter to stay warm, but this can lead to declines in overall health even if they still exercise. Snowshoeing combines exercise with outdoor time and better supports overall health.

-Building muscle: Snowshoeing shares similar muscular benefits with running, but it has the added benefit of being a much lower-impact activity. This allows people of all ages to enjoy the exercise. All the leg muscles are worked with snowshoeing, along with the shoulders, back and arms, but there is less pressure placed on the knees because the snow helps absorb body weight.