Cross country skiing is gaining popularity today due to its fitness benefits. What many people do not realize is that it was once the only way to ski. Before ski lifts existed anyone who wanted to ski needed to ski to the slopes.
Today cross country skiing is enjoyed separately from what is perceived as ‘normal’ skiing. Not only is this a fun sport, it is also one of the best aerobic exercises out there. It is also a challenging sport physically and will give any athlete a great full body workout. Plus there is no better sport to take up in winter.
Many people have the dilemma of finding a good cardiovascular workout that is also low impact. If you have any joint problems, knee injuries, or other problems that prevent you from taking part in high impact activity you may also find it difficult to get a good workout that gets your heart pumping.
Cross country skiing solves this problem by providing you with an activity that will keep your heart rate elevated while still working all your muscles. At the same time you don’t have to worry about your joints taking a beating from a day on the trails.
Another great thing about cross country skiing is that it is a highly accessible sport. Whole families enjoy this sport and children as young as four can learn how to cross country ski. If your family loves the outdoors or wants to do something together as a family then this could be the ideal sport for you to take up.
Age really doesn’t matter when it comes to cross country skiing. Many enthusiasts of the sport are older, you don’t have to be young and fit to enjoy the benefits of cross country skiing. In fact cross country skiing can help to improve your core stability, something that becomes important the older you are.
To really enjoy the sport you should have a good grasp of the basics. For your first few outings it is extremely important that you have a good instructor to help you master proper cross country skiing technique.
Learning the basics correctly will help you to enjoy the sport better. An instructor may also help you to find the right equipment. It’s important that you choose the right type of skis and boot. Once you have these basics down you will be able to hit the trails with ease.