Exercise for Sled Dogs and You



Sled dogs are very fit athletes. Training is important for them. Sled dogs who race need to train even more than the dogs we work with. The Canadian Inuit dogs at Wintergreen need to be in good enough shape to pull a heavy sled all day at a slower pace. Racing dogs need to pull a lighter sled at a faster pace. Sled dog training is kind of like a person training for a marathon.


People need to exercise just like the sled dogs need to exercise. You probably don’t need to pull a sled for miles and miles to exercise. Maybe you walk to school or ride your bike or play soccer. . . whatever form of exercise you do, I hope you do it for at least an hour every day.


Exercise helps dogs and people stay healthy and strong. There are three main elements of fitness: endurance, strength and flexibility. Below are some examples of the different forms of fitness.


1.   Endurance: running away from the kid who’s “it” in a game of tag

2.   Strength: crossing the monkey bars

3.   Flexibility: bending down to tie your shoes


Can you come up with your own endurance, strength, and flexibility activities?

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends that people get at least 1 hour of aerobic exercise every day. Dave and I often exercise for 4 to 8 hours each day. How much exercise do you get on an average day?

Record the amount of exercise you get each day for a week. Then email us and let us know how much exercise students in your class get. We would also like to know what the most common forms of exercise are for you and your classmates.

Exercise is an important part of our lives. We hope that you enjoy exercising as much as Dave and I do and that you can exercise for at least 1 hour every day.

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