If you really think about it, sledding is quite a workout. I remember going sledding as a kid and getting quite exhausted from the whole adventure. My family and I would drive out to a golf course that had quite the hill. My mother would drop my siblings and I off at the top of the hill and watch as we rode down the hill over and over. Every time we went down the hill, though, meant that we also had to walk back up it. It was a steep hill, which was great for the sledding, but not so great for the hike back up. It was always worth it, even though the hike up the hill took longer than the ride down. At the end of the day, my mother would drive down to a road near the bottom of the hill and pick us up. It saved us one last trip of climbing up the treacherous, snowy hill full of sledding children.
Looking back on this Christmas tradition, I can’t help but think of what a workout it was. Hiking up the snowy hill was like a higher-intensity stair climbing workout. And, if you go with kids, you often end up hiking up the snow-covered hill pulling a child in a sled behind you, increasing the intensity of the workout even more.
If there’s no snow near you, try ice blocking. Freeze a rope in a block of ice, with the rope sticking out on opposite sides as handles. Take the ice block to a hill. Put a towel on it, sit down, grab the rope handles, and get a push down the hill. It’s a genius alternative to sledding.