Winter win: cross-country skiing

compendium_600x400_ccskiing_1_16.jpg PreviewCertain sports are just better with a chill in the air and snow on the ground. Candice Dunkin, MS, LAT, ATC, manager athletic training, Parkview Sports Medicine, continues our series on the benefits of some of America’s most revered winter activities with a cardiovascular champion: cross-country skiing.

Once thought of simply as an effective mode of transportation during periods of snowfall, cross-country skiing has gained clout as a fun, beneficial way to stay active during the colder months while enjoying parts of the majestic landscape you might not be able to get to see otherwise. Cross-country skiing is fairly easy to learn, which makes it a wonderful activity to share with family and friends of all ages.

Spending any amount of time out on your skis lends a low-impact yet intense total body workout that will engage every major muscle group. Cross-country skiing can burn, potentially, more than double the calories per hour that downhill skiing does, making it an effective weapon for winter weight loss. This pastime is also an efficient cardiovascular workout. Your heart and lungs will thank you for the outdoor exposure with more energy and increased stamina.

So why not pick up some poles, make a trip outside and get those endorphins flowing with some cross-country skiing? An escape from the daily grind and the quiet of nature might be just what you need to get through the long winter months.

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