If you’re looking for a way to work up a sweat and make the most of winter, look no further than cross-country skiing. In fact when we have enough snow in Toronto, most mornings I can be found working out, not at the gym, but in Toronto’s ravines, parks and golf courses, on either my skis or snowshoes, with one very happy golden retriever alongside.
Instead of dreading snow, start wishing for it, and have your skis on stand-by. Here’s why:
- XC skiing can offer a super cardiovascular workout and overtime, enjoyed regularly, can reduce your risk of heart disease. Even at a relatively slow pace, you’ll work up a sweat and increase your heart rate.
- XC skiing is ‘right up there’ with running when it comes to torching calories.
- XC skiing promotes “functional” fitness, moving your body the way it should be moved.
- Wear your sunscreen, pack a healthy snack and some water, take along a cell phone for emergencies, and get your rosy winter glow on!
- Whether you enjoy it on your own in a local park, or enjoy a day on groomed trails with friends, exercise in nature offers ever-changing views and greater health and mental health benefits.
- It’s proven! XC skiing works over 90% of the muscles in the body (much like Nordic walking and snowshoeing using poles).
Wear your sunscreen, pack a healthy snack and some water, take along a cell phone for emergencies, and get your rosy winter glow on!