Here are the three top reasons why you should try cross country
skiing this year:
1. The workout: Offering one of the best full-body workouts out of any sport, cross country skiing works just about every muscle in your body. It's one of the most demanding cardio sports out there; using a combination of coordination and power, cross country skiing burns as many calories as running while gliding with the ease of skating.
2. The quick learning curve: The technique of cross country skiing is simple to pick up, quickly becoming a lifelong sport that is easy on the joints and low impact. Even the skis are easier to maintain; most of them are waxless, needing fewer tune-ups than downhill skis.
3. The convenience: You aren't as limited when it comes to where you can cross country ski. As long as there is enough snow and a clear path you can roam anywhere; just be sure any obstacles such as rocks and roots are covered in a heavy layer! We suggest a local state park that already has trails, or a golf course with smooth ground and rolling hills. If there aren't any nearby, don't be afraid to ski right out your door and down a non-busy side street.