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Burn over 200 calories by volunteering to shovel snow with Chicago Snow Corps

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Scarves, gloves, hats, earmuffs and winter coats were everywhere this weekend in Chicago, with residents battling 14-degree weather and snow. Chicago Weather Center estimates that there will be one to three more inches of snow coming this afternoon. As comfortable as it may be sitting in your home hiding from the cold weather, why not use this time to burn off those winter meals?

According to a recent e-newsletter sent out by Ward 49's Alderman Joe Moore, there is $100 fine for Chicago residents who don't shovel their snow. Any residents who don't shovel their sidewalks within 24 hours can be reported by contacting ward49@cityofchicago.org or call 773-338-5796.

However, for residents who are over age 60 and/or cannot physically shovel, they can contact 311 to request a volunteer from the Chicago Snow Corps to shovel their snow.

If you'd like to volunteer with this program, click here.

According to LiveStrong, a half hour of shoveling snow burns up to 233 calories (for a person who weighs 155 pounds). And the more you weigh, the more calories you burn (266 calories for someone who is 185 pounds but 180 calories for someone who is 125 pounds).

To give you an idea of how many calories that is, using SuperTracker, the average calorie burn for these three people is 226 calories, which is almost half of a McDonald's Big Mac (585 calories), almost two large sugar or butter cookies (119 calories each) and almost one medium 22-oz soft drink (250 calories).

The more houses you shovel and/or the longer time it takes to shovel, the more calories you burn without spending a dime on a health club membership, workout DVDs or workout equipment. The only equipment needed is a shovel and/or snow blower.

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