9 Winter Olympic Sports that Burn the Most Calories

As we all cheer on our native or adopted countries’ top athletes in their pursuit for excellence in competition, for those of us not blessed to be chosen to represent our respective nationalities at this Winter’s games, here are nine sports you can adopt and gain their calorie-burning and physique-defining benefits.

1. Skiing (350-1,000+ calories per hour)

Cross-country skiing is the best when it comes to caloric burn, netting you upwards of 800 to 1,100 calories in an hour. Enjoying a day on the slopes can burn between 400 and 600 calories. Another family-friendly activity, this one tends to run a little more in the pocketbook for lift tickets and equipment rental.

2. Biathlon (500-900 calories per hour)

Cross country skiing plus guns equals biathlon. Probably the most taxing winter Olympic sport in terms of focus and physicality, biathlon training can burn you anywhere from 500 to 900 calories per hour. This mainly comes from the cross-country skiing portion, so the longer you ski, the more you’ll burn.

3. Ice Skating (300-900 calories per hour)

One of the greatest ways to torch your pounds is skating! Whether you want to take a few leisurely laps around the rink, which will burn you anywhere from 300 to 400 calories an hour, to stepping it up to skating for speed and endurance, which can shred upwards of 900+ calories per hour, skating is a great winter time activity that can include the whole family.

4. Snowboarding (300-800 calories per hour)

Finally finding Olympic status within the last two decades, snowboarding is another great way to shred calories while you shred powder. Moderate boarding can burn upwards of 400 calories per hour, while really tearing it up can help you spend about 600 to 800 calories in 60 minute’s time.

5. Ice Hockey (400-700 calories per hour)

One of the most physically demanding sports, ice hockey has a storied Olympic past. It also can provide you with a great, competitive workout. On average, a pickup game of hockey will burn you about 400 to 700 calories in an hour, depending on the speed and intensity at which you play. If your game lasts longer than an hour, you can burn upwards of of 1,100-1,200 calories or more, so make sure you get plenty of hydration and fuel for your body post game.

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6. Freestyle Skiing (400-600 calories per hour)

Another one of those are-you-serious-about-this sports, freestyle skiing is physically demanding on the body and requires a degree of athleticism. While most of us would probably burn on the low end (say 300 to 400 calories), pro freestylers can burn anywhere on the 500 to 600 calories per hour range.

7. Sledding (400-600 calories per hour)

While you may not have a bobsled, luge or skeleton in your garage, no need to fear! The concept is roughly the same for those of us with toboggans or sleds at home–sledding will help you burn in the neighborhood of between 400 to 600 calories per hour…more if you have little children to chase down! If you think about it, dragging that sled back up the hill is a workout. Take note of form and physique of the sled handlers in this year’s games, and you’ll see why sledding is a great workout.

8. Ski Jumping (250-500 calories per hour)

If you do, and you carry your skis, you will burn up in the area of 250 to 500 calories in an hour. Good luck on the landing!

9. Curling (250-400 calories per hour)

This is the perfect winter sport for you if you like brooms. And though seemingly silly, you can actually burn between 250 and 400 calories an hour by curling. So get to sweeping!

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Which is the lowest point on earth?

The lowest point on land is the Dead Sea . The Dead Sea is a large salt lake , on the border between Israel and Jordan, and the basin is located at the lowest point on Earth. It is a terminal lake , meaning that it has no emissaries , and is fed by the waters of the Jordan. The degree of salinity is much higher than that of the oceans, which prevents almost all forms of life . There are in fact only microorganisms , algae and one species of shrimp , but there are also rich mineral reserves . In historical documents, the Dead Sea is indicated by various names : Sea Salt , Sea and Sea of Destiny Aggressive . The Dead Sea in Palestine , on the border between the state of Israel and Jordan , is the lowest point in the world , being approximately 395 meters below the sea level.

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The Dead Sea is a sea no outlet , which is a terminal lake which for thousands of years has received the waters of the Jordan River and other smaller rivers , such as the river Arnon.

The trip from Amman to the Dead Sea is 55 km. On the road a stone reads: ” Sea Level “, but the Dead Sea itself can only be achieved after a further descent of 400 m below this signal. The sea has a high concentration of salts and minerals. This concentration is due to two basic reasons:

–  For thousands of years, the water which is rich in salts , has been removing soils  from the rocks of the Jordan River and other rivers have been channeled in the basin;

–  The Dead Sea , lying nearly 400 feet below sea level rise , has no emissaries and all the water is coming progressively. In addition, losses due to the strong evaporation because of the hot, arid climate and low rainfall, have favored the concentration over time of a huge amount and characteristic of salts.

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Piano and Violin building, Huainan, China

This amazing house called Piano House was built in Huainan (Anhui Province, China) on the project students of Architecture Department Hefeyskogo University of Technology (Hefey University of Technology), developed in conjunction with the designers of Huainan Fangkai Decoration Project Co.
Piano House consists of two parts, representing the two instruments – violin, transparent, based on semi-transparent piano.
unique building was built for music lovers, but the music has nothing to do. In the violin is the escalator, and the piano – Fair Grounds, where the visitors are plans for streets and suburbs of the city.

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The object is created with the filing of the local authorities. Unusual building seeks to attract the attention of Chinese people and tourists to the new developing area, which is the most significant object. Due to the continuous glazing (clear and tinted glass), the premises of the complex are the maximum amount of natural light. And at night, the body of the object is hidden in the darkness, leaving only the visible contours of the silhouettes of the giant neon “tools”.
Despite its popularity, the building is often criticized as a kind of postmodern kitsch and a typical student project, which is much more outrageous than the art and functionality.

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