Back in 2007, I was upset about Northeastern Ohio’s long, boring, and depressing winters. That’s when I decided I’d try to make winters a little more enjoyable by actually doing something outdoors. I decided on cross country skiing because I’d heard it was a good workout. And, it was.
If you live in an area with a lot of snowfall, then it’s a winter activity that you might want to consider.
First, cross country skiing is very challenging. It’s a great workout that can burn anywhere from eight to fifteen calories a minute. It’s also a good combination of strength and cardio. Not only that, but it’s one of the few workouts you can do that combines upper and lower body conditioning. If you take it up, expect to be fitter and stronger (as well as sore the next few days)
Second, cross country skiing is fairly inexpensive. Someone starting would only need about three hundred dollars worth of equipment. I know it seems a little high, but that equipment could last for years and if you live in a region with a lot of snow, it is a small amount to keep you fit and healthy throughout the winter.
Third, it’s a great way to get some sunlight and fresh air during the winter. It’s easy to feel cooped up and sluggish in the winter. Cross country skiing is a fun way to combat the winter blahs. You can get the benefits of being outside during a time when you normally wouldn’t.
Finally, it’s very meditative. I love getting out on the trails, especially the lesser traveled ones. With no insects and few birds and animals, the outdoors are very quiet. It’s easy to get in a nice workout groove and mindfully enjoy the surroundings. I had many stressful days that were relieved when I was able to go to the peaceful environment of the cross country trails.
So, if you’re looking for a fun and challenging fitness activity this winter, I’d recommend, if your weather permits it, taking up cross country skiing. You may end up loving it.