Comments (0)December 29th, 2009Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in Fat Burning Tips

Skiing as an Entertaining Ticket to Excellent Stamina and Overall Good Health

If you’re in need of something exotic, exciting, and interesting to keep your enthusiasm peaked while getting yourself in good shape, you can do no better than cross-country skiing. The sport of skiing has an incredibly long and rich history for those of you who aren’t familiar with it. In fact, it originally began in prehistoric times, and has proved so useful that it continues to be popular even into the present day. Particularly beloved in the snowy regions of Europe, but also enthusiastically supported in other parts of the world, it can be an excellent way to get a cardio workout that helps challenge all the major muscle groups of your body.

Simply put, cross-country skiing is the notion of skiing through snow-covered terrain for long distances. It can be performed indoors in specially-constructed snow tunnels, but is more usually done outside in natural snowy terrain. Unlike downhill skiing, it doesn’t focus on using gravity to make things easier… in fact, much of the exercise is done on relatively flat surfaces, although elevations aren’t completely eschewed. A minor variation of the sport, suitable for people with interest in exploring the wilds, is to use map navigation to ski through more obscure trails. This makes it a supremely intriguing sport and exercise for outdoorsmen who loved the rugged wild and enjoy seeing nature in its untouched beauty. However, less intimidating forms of skiing are also available for people who like to keep to the tracks closer to civilization. In the end, it’s all up to you on where you ski, and location makes quite a difference.

Skiing is one of the few sports that really challenges the entire body rather than specialized parts of it. Most of its competing exercises in this area involve water, which isn’t always conveniently available (such as in swimming or rowing). Skiing burns an incredible number of calories compared to the time spent enjoying it, and the fresh, interesting scenery makes it easy to lose track of time and just enjoy the exercise while getting fitter. But if that alone is not enough to perk your interest, you can try one of the many competitive variations.

Cross-country skiing competitions are currently being revamped to be easier for audiences to watch and appreciate. Because of this, you can watch a competition and get a feel for whether you’d enjoy it or not easily before diving in. There are several different official formats in use, to keep things interesting for contestants and audience members alike. And, of course, the Olympics reign as perhaps the highest honor for any skiing enthusiast, if you feel that you can go all the way to the top.

Cross-country skiing, even in official formats, isn’t always about the pressure of being fast. Many competitions and formats revolve around simply lasting the distance. Instead of panicking over that last second that could have won it for you, you can enjoy knowing that each foot you move is one foot closer to victory, with failure only being something that happens to those who give up. The world’s longest skiing tour, a Canadian event, rewards a gold medal to anyone who successfully completes the entirety of the impressive one hundred and sixty kilometer distance involved.

Is skiing cross-country hard? Of course it is. Is it fun, worthwhile, and capable of growing the body into a whole new, vigorous and healthy form? It’s those things, too! Nothing worth doing is easy, as the saying goes, and skiing is very much the epitome of that.

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