I know, I know: what we call “snow” here in North Carolina is different from the places with REAL snow. And even I have to admit that one inch does not seem noteworthy.
But it ultimately does not matter how much there is to shovel. My point is that we train people so that they CAN shovel snow without needing ibuprofen or a visit to the chiropractor after the event.
I recognize that for some fitness training is an end in itself. And that’s fine with me. Personally, I have always viewed the activities in the gym as things I do so that I can do those things better that I really love. And while shoveling snow may not be on my “LOVE” list, there is a certain amount of satisfaction in seeing a clean driveway with the mountains (well, little heaps) off to the side. It gives a sense of accomplishment.
To me, this is what ‘functional fitness’ is all about.