The stepping. The whooshing. Over and over. Incessant.
It’s a memory that haunts me.
Was I trudging 7 miles through the snow to school? Working in a factory? At a step aerobics class (do they even have those anymore?)
I was blowing up my son’s battered snow tube with a foot pump.
But it wouldn’t fully inflate. Oh sure, we’d get about 3/4 of the tube filled. Then it stopped. It taunted me while it refused to blow up past some deranged Deflategate state.
I finally found and patched the itty-bitty holes that were holding back the snow tube. Then I realized something: my quadriceps were aching. It was like I’d worked out.
And as I maneuvered through the rest of that snow day with my kids, doing various activities, I felt like I’d had a great workout. Did you realize so many snow day activities can be considered exercise? Here’s a list that make a great winter workout for moms:
1. Pumping up snow tubes with a foot pump and then using your hands when your legs grow tired makes for a full body workout.
2. Ripping apart the snow tube box looking for the patches is terrific for your fine motor skills.
3. Corralling your kids into their winter wear constitutes a full body workout for moms of little ones. Those of you with school-age kids who dress themselves can exercise your vocal chords by yelling words of encouragement. For instance, “You can find your glove, not me” and “Don’t hit your sister with your boot.”
4. Taking the kids snow tubing and sitting in your nice warm car watching the kids allows the perfect opportunity to perform Kegels.
5. Okay, okay, get and out and go tubing with the kids. Twenty minutes of trudging up the hill after sledding down it counts as a whole week’s worth of exercise. That’s a well-known mom fact.
6. Strengthen your abs and back by picking up assorted socks, snow pants, mittens, hats, coats, and boots dumped by the door when the children strip down after snow tubing.
7. Use your biceps to break up fighting between children over the last packet of hot cocoa or who gets to hold the remote.
8. Get jumped by children who want you to participate in wrestling match that broke out due to boredom. Fight back. Targets all muscles.
9. Spend several hours in the yoga corpse pose. Very restorative to body and mind.
See? Who knew that what started with pumping up a holey snow tube would lead to a great winter workout for moms.
How do you exercise in the winter?