Reasons to Take up Cross-Country Skiing This Winter
Whether it’s sliding along icy streets or pedaling nowhere under the florescent lights of the gym, the options for exercise during the Winter can seem grim, but there is a better option; cross-country skiing! As one of the top Nordic sports, cross-country skiing involves trekking through snow-covered terrain, all while relying on the body’s own strength and stride rather than gravity. Here are the top 10 benefits of cross-country skiing:
You get a full-body workout
Cross-country skiing combines both an upper and lower body workout. Each muscle is required to work twice as hard as you are simultaneously ‘pushing’ and ‘pulling’ the muscles in each region of your body. Even muscles that don’t seem to be in use are actively involved to help keep balance and coordinate your entire body.
Burns lots of calories
Depending on a few factors, such as body weight, ski speed, terrain and type skiing. Nordic skiing can burn anywhere from 400 to 1,100 calories an hour!
Improves cardiovascular health
Maintaining an elevated heart rate during exercise can strengthen and improve your heart’s capacity to pump blood effectively. Cross-Country skiing is considered to be an excellent aerobic workout. While no single muscle group is overstressed, the activity can be sustained for hours on end.
Creates a high level of physical fitness
Researchers in Sweden assembled two groups of men. All volunteers were healthy, lived independently, and were capable of completing a vigorous exercise test – the only difference was that one group was composed of lifelong cross-country skiers and the other group did not. The results showed that the skiers had approximately twice the cardiovascular and muscular fitness of the untrained group.
Promotes social engagement
Cross-country skiing is a sport for life. It is easy to take-up and can be learned from a young age; It’s an ideal sport for friends and family to enjoy together.
Helps to relieve stress
The peace and tranquility that comes with a big snowfall can be relaxing. Escape town and provide yourself with some very therapeutic thinking time.
Cross-Country skiing helps you move your body with increased mobility, stability, flexibility, endurance and strength in daily life.
Long distance endurance sports like Nordic skiing and running can help boost energy levels by increasing potent feel-good hormones like endorphins.
Great form of cross-training
Training for a marathon this summer? Cross-country skiing is a great way to prepare your body for summer sports. Your muscles will be better prepared to manage lactic acid build up.
Allows you to connect with nature.
It’s a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and breathe in fresh mountain air.
The Columbia Valley offers a vast network of groomed trails. So, whether you’re looking to hop on Invermere’s Whiteway, The Toby Creek Trail System at Panorama Mountain Resort, or get lost in the magic of Nipika Mountain Resort. Discover all that this beautiful area has to offer and book your stay today!