Ski-for-all: one of the most recommended outdoor activities

A full-body workout on two sticks
for young and old

Fresh snow, January temps, it's the perfect setting for the full-body workout of cross-country skiing. There are two styles of cross-country skiing: classic and skate. Classic skiers push forward in a leaning motion utilizing the skis and poles. Similar to rollerblading, skate skiers move forward with V-shaped  maneuvers. 

Both have tremendous health benefits without being strenuous. The cardiovascular system, respiratory system and joint stabilization are all affected, along with abs, lower back, buttocks and glutes. There are less injuries in cross-country skiing compared to running because there's not a high impact. With skiing, you're gliding on the snow, and it's easier on your joints.

Because it's low-impact, cross-country skiing is optimal for people with arthritis in their hips, knees or ankles, and it's good for building core and lower-extremity strength because it uses every major muscle group at the same time. 

It is recommended before going out on your first run that you be in your best shape to prevent overuse injuries. Your outfit should keep you warm but not restrict your movement. Layer up with long underwear, wool socks, wind pants, a hat and gloves. Also, take with you someone who knows the techniques and correct form on the style of your choice or take a lesson.

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