Get Healthy Tip 6: Dog Sled

It won’t be easy, but it will be fun. For the new year some friends and I went dog sledding in Canada. I thought it would be hard, but I had not idea how hard. We had to run up numerous snow covered hills. (When you stay on the sled the dogs look at you as if to say, “Hey, I’m running, why aren’t you?”) There were moments when I didn’t think I could do it, but that made me want to do it all the more. It is rare to find a challenge like that.

It was a wonderful experience that I would totally recommend. It’s great for an active group of friends or a family with older children. The young kids who were in our group had a tough time with it. We went with Chocpaw Expeditions. Think of it as a way to try something new. Plus, with all the running, twisting, turning, and jumping I was thankful for my Pilates training to help protect my back and keep all my muscles in good working order. But you have to like the cold. It was about 15 degrees F on our two days out on the dog sled and colder at night!


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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.


  1. Buzz February 3, 2009 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I am going dog sledding in March! And I’m so excited! I’m not nearly in as good shape as you are, I’m sure… any tips on what muscles to concentrate on strengthening between now and my trip?

  2. Maggie Downie February 5, 2009 at 11:11 pm - Reply

    I don’t know where you are going and what the terrain will be like, but practice running hills. That was something I didn’t expect. Core is always good for balance and getting on and off the sled.

    I’d say–core (stomach and back) and quads. But endurance is key.

    Hope this helps. Have a great trip!

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