The benefits of cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing, also known as Nordic skiing, can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Discover how this winter sport can benefit your physical and mental health!

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Cross-country skiing is for everyone!

Whichever style your prefer (classic or skate skiing), the main advantage of cross-country skiing is that it’s easy to do on your own. Most trails have very gentle slopes, making it safer than downhill skiing. It's a great sport for beginners and experts alike.

Cross-country skiing can be a solo or group sport. You can explore a snowy trail with family and friends, or enjoy some time alone in nature.
There are two skiing styles to choose from - classic and skate skiing.

In terms of budget, day passes for cross-country skiing are quite affordable. Cross-country skis and equipment are also less expensive than for downhill skiing, whether you’re renting or buying.

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It gets your heart pumping

An excellent endurance sport, cross-country skiing is just as beneficial for the cardiovascular system as running (if not more so, as it uses more muscle groups). Plus, the sliding movement makes it easier on the joints.

No matter your level, practicing cross-country skiing will improve your heart and lung capacity.

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It’s a full-body workout

Endurance cross-country skiers develop a lean, toned figure, while sprinters build more muscle mass. The sport provides a low-impact, full-body workout that steadily strengthens your arms, legs, back, abs and glutes. It's a low-impact workout that doesn't cause too much strain.

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It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors

Cross-country skiing offers many mental health benefits. The physical exertion, the thrill of gliding across the snow, and the peaceful natural surroundings bring a sense of calm and fulfillment. The sport is usually practiced in wild, rugged areas where you can disconnect from your day-to-day life and recharge.
Unlike downhill skiing, there’s no need to deal with crowds or long waits to  line up for ski lifts. You can simply listen to the swish of your skis and the gentle rhythm of your breath. Pure bliss!

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It’s great for your heart and legs

Long-distance sports promote blood circulation, and cross-country skiing, (which involves regular, gentle leg movements) is a great example! The movement promotes venous return and helps pump blood to the heart, which is beneficial for anyone who gets heavy legs, cold hands, or swollen ankles or feet.

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It improves your agility

Cross-country skis are narrow, and your heels are free; which forces you to work on your coordination and balance.

Your body is constantly adjusting to find the ideal gliding position, and you often end up on one ski, which requires stability. When going downhill, particularly on bends, you have to maintain your centre of gravity, anticipate the terrain, and be attentive to your surroundings.

Cross-country skiing also works your motor coordination. No matter your skiing style, you need to work both your upper and lower body muscles to glide efficiently.

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You’ll love cross-country skiing! It’s a chance to enjoy nature, get moving, discover trails, and have fun. This winter sport is accessible to everyone, regardless of age or athletic ability. Tell us about your excursions and how cross-country skiing has benefitted you.