Ok, it’s not new. Fooled you! Shoveling can be rough on the back. However, like a lot of other physical labor or exercise; if done with good form, you can get a good workout from it. This is the Highland Park HS track where the Garden State Track Club gathers for many of their workouts. A foot of snow isn’t going to derail their training. This is why group training is awesome! 6-10 people can clear a couple lanes in an hour or so. I was out there today for nearly 90minutes (having arrived earlier than some others). I found this zero-impact exercise a great subsitute for running today. My heart rate was up a bit, and I broke a sweat underneath 3 layers of clothing while it was 5 degrees F.
Tomorrow, I will gladly take advantage of the work we put in today. Next time it snows, try it, just think, it was a day away from impacting your joints that you didn’t know you would get! Maybe see if you can do 10 snow angels in a minute too! Really, it’s ok to not run some days.
Enjoy the snow,