Yesterday we woke to a big thick layer of snow, which I was very happy to see. If it's going to be cold around here, we might as well have snow. Strangely enough snow makes being outside more pleasant, especially if it's going to be zero degrees, give or take 20 degrees (I'm not kidding people). A walk or run in the bitter cold now becomes a walk or run in the snow, which is beautiful and makes it difficult to complain, in fact it feels more like a privilege.
Plus, we have more options outdoors: cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding. And, the kids want to play outdoors, too. Soon our neighborhood will include several "snow forts" that all the kids build and maintain commune style. They're huge, impressive digs. Now I get how the Eskimos live.
Along with the traditional "snow sports," I have a few non-traditional snow workouts, too. Shoveling snow, for one. This is an amazing core workout. The degree of difficulty is dependent on the type of snow. Yesterday's light, dry snow made the shoveling relatively easy. When it's wet snow, you better have been a regular at the gym all summer and fall. The kids, too, have their miniature snow shovels and love to "help." Last year one of my favorite workouts was hitching a sled around my waist (with a dog leash) and pulling the girls around the neighborhood. Highly unconventional. Great Cardio. Must not mind getting stared at by your neighbors. I think my dog and I would make a great team for skijoring--but as a fit mom, you have to include a stroller, so my workout is called strojoring, which I've experimented with, just not yet in the snow. By the time April comes and I'm desperate for new and inventive ways to workout in the winter, don't count me out on this one.
Any other creative winter workouts to add?
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