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Top 6 Benefits of Cross Country Skiing

Whilst this sport may not have the glitz and glamour of some of the other snow sports (snowboarding, downhill skiing etc), there’s been a huge increase in cross-country skiing in Melbourne over the past few years. The sport involves navigating the mountain, most of which is done through your own strength and stride. For this reason, and the fact that it takes time, cross-country skiing is a supreme form of exercise to increase your physical fitness.

It’s not all hard work, it’s super fun, enjoyable and when you’re done, you really feel like you have achieved something great. Here’s our list that covers 6 benefits of Cross-Country Skiing in Melbourne.

1. Full body workout

Cross-country skiing involves both the lower and upper body, so it’s a full body workout. It forces you to work on both the pulling and pushing motions, which means you are constantly working out different muscles in different areas of your body. Even those muscles that you think are not doing much are actively working to keep the core engaged and balanced, not to mention your coordination.

2. Calorie burning

After reading the above, you might be starting to sweat. That’s a good thing. Cross-country skiing will get you working up a sweat and is proven to burn more calories than any other form of sport. In fact, up to 1,100 calories per hour, hell-yeah!

3. Increases overall fitness

You guessed it, with all this work it will certainly help your overall fitness. Yep, like any sport or physical activity, to increase your fitness, this needs to become a regular thing. You will find once you start, you will fall in love with this challenging yet fun sport.

Couple cross country skiing

4. Total social workout

It’s a super easy sport to start at, you can basically start at any age as well. It’s easy to pick up, and one that you can do with friends and family. Sure, you’re all working hard, but nothing beats working out with your friends, out in nature. Think of this as a more extreme mountain hike.

5. Great for stress release

We all know leaving the hustle and bustle of the city life in itself is great for stress release. Now imagine heading up the mountain, getting out into nature, breathing in that fresh cool air. Now it’s time to start cross-country skiing and leave any stresses you have behind.

6. Connect to nature

As we mentioned above, there’s something about connecting to nature that puts your mind and body at ease. Allowing you to forget about the big world and reconnect with mother nature. Perfect for your soul.

 

So what are you waiting for? We have all the skis and gear that you can hire, we have tracks you can challenge yourself on for any level of fitness. Lake Mountain has some of Melbourne’s best cross-country skiing. Don’t knock it, until you try it. You won’t regret it.