The multiple benefits of cross-country skiing.
Research shows that after making an aggressive list of New Year’s resolutions, most of us abandon them in just a month or two. So instead of trying to tackle too much at once, we’d like to suggest taking up one simple activity that will simultaneously help you achieve five of the most popular annual resolutions – the 22,000 year-old sport of Nordic skiing.
Resolution #1: Get More Exercise
Once a means of transportation dating back to Paleolithic times, cross-country skiing is one of the best cardiovascular exercises that engages the entire body, including your core, back, chest, shoulders, arms, legs and those pesky glutes.
Resolution #2: Lose Weight
Depending upon your speed, cross-country skiing can burn anywhere from 500 to 1,000 calories per hour. That’s more than running, cycling, swimming or even kickboxing.
Resolution #3: Spend More Time with Friends & Family
Anyone can take up cross-country skiing, and a day traversing quiet, peaceful terrain together is so much more rewarding than meeting up in a noisy restaurant.
Resolution #4: Spend Less Money
After the initial start-up costs of equipment, cross-country skiing is basically free – all you need is snow and flat terrain. Should you desire perfectly groomed trails, a season pass at a cross-country ski resort is considerably less than the cost of a gym membership.
Resolution #5: Travel More
Knowing how to cross-country ski gives you the perfect excuse to visit the country’s top Nordic ski resorts, including Devil’s Thumb Ranch, named Best Cross-Country Ski Resort in the 2018 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards!