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Working Out Like a Dog, a Sled Dog

Over on Fit Bottomed Girls, the girls and I frequently share workouts we did to give readers an idea of what we regularly do, and to share fresh ideas so you’re not getting bored popping in that same old workout DVD all the time. We also like to do it to prove that workouts don’t have to mean being a slave to the gym or running mile after torturous mile if you hate running.

I’ve been in a bit of a mood lately — let’s just say winter and I are no longer getting along — but I shared a workout I did back when I was embracing the fluffy white stuff Mother Nature had sprinkled (dumped) upon us. Instead of hunkering down inside, we threw on all of our snow gear and got the sled out for some trips up and down the street. I was pulling, of course. Pulling nearly 70 pounds of kiddos in a foot of snow.

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They could go all day. I could not.

I ran up and down the street as many times as I could until I could no longer pretend to be a dog in the Iditarod. I’d love to say that I was able to do this for like half an hour, but I made it probably a good 10 minutes until I was totally wiped out. I topped it off with some nice shoveling of the sidewalks and driveway while the kids jumped in my snow piles, and I had no guilt about skipping the gym that day.

If you’re lucky enough that it has warmed up and snow has melted away, you can make this a warm-weather workout, too. Simply toss a kiddo or two in a wagon and take off in your neighborhood. Those extra pounds you’re pulling add a serious challenge to even a slow walk around your block. I’m very much looking forward to the day I can grab the wagon out of storage and navigate our neighborhood without getting trapped by snow banks!

Have you made the most of this winter by getting outside with your kids? What winter “workouts” have you done? —Erin

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