Why should you pick up cross-country skiing?
#1 Did you know cross-country skiing can burn 400 – 1,000 calories every hour! Cross-country skiing is an awesome form of exercise. The sport is a great way to build your cardiovascular endurance. Get out of the stuffy gym and head outdoors for a change of pace and scenery and you might get the best workout you have ever had!
#2 Cross-country skiing is an efficient way to train for marathons and especially triathlons during the off season. It works your lower and upper half by fine tuning your muscles to work hard for long periods of time, exactly what you need for your summer races. From nordicpeaks.com,
“Competitive Nordic skiers are known as the fittest people on earth. This designation comes from scientific testing that demonstrates Nordic skiers have the highest VO2 max, which is the amount of oxygen the human body can take in and utilize per minute. Outside of genetics, the sport itself develops VO2 max through the requirements of movement and engagement of the whole body. Arms, legs and core are all essential, and when combined with proper technique, Nordic skiing can generate some incredible speed and performance gains.”
#3 Why stay cooped up in a gym when you can be outside enjoying nature and the snow. Cross-skiing takes you wherever the snow is! You will find beauty and serenity that others only dream of from their car! Explore where others can’t.
#4 Unlike downhill skiing or snowboarding, cross-country skiing allows you to talk with your friend as you explore.
#5 You can equipment for fairly cheap, as low as $15 in some places!
Try something new this winter and explore the outdoors!
Have you been cross-country skiing? Any tips for beginners? Leave a comment and let us know!