Cross-country skiing is a difficult sport to pick up, even if you have tried “normal” skiing. It is an exceptional full body workout for beginners and burns a lot of calories. I recommend attempting to pick up this vigorous sport for anyone living in snowy areas. It will only take you one to two days to learn the basics, but mastering the sport takes considerable conditioning.
- You’re working your upper body a lot, working your core. It’s also a lot lower impact. It’s easier on your joints than running
- The risk of injury is minimal — the equipment is more likely to break than your body, Williams said, because only the toe of the boot is attached to the ski.
- the reason skiing is more efficient than walking or running is the ground you cover while gliding.
“The verdict: I could ski on my own quickly, though not yet efficiently; the sport’s reputation as a great calorie burner is well-earned; and I think I’ve got another lifetime sport to pursue.”