Cross Country Skills for Beginners

If you want a way to stay fit during the winter or you just want to bring a new sport into your repertoire, think about Nordic skiing. Not only is gliding and kicking on two skis an amazing aerobic test that works your running muscles, but it also develops your back, arm, back and core strength as well. Moreover, you’re in the incredible outdoors swishing on snow, which can be an refreshing change from pounding miles on a treadmill.

Skate and classic are two styles of Nordic skiing. Classic, the traditional form, consists of gliding and kicking in a forward-leaning motion. This style is performed in extremely groomed tracks that run parallel to each other.

Skate skiing compels the skier to push off each ski in a V pattern, as if he/she is ice-skating or roller blading. Skate skiing is done on wide groomed tracks, usually right next to classic tracks.

Both types of Nordic skiing can burn somewhere between 400 to 1,000 calories per hour. Add to that the endurance and muscle strength needed and you’ve got yourself one hell of a winter cross-training activity.

It’s a fact that Nordic skiing can be hard to master, at first. A lesson for beginners at a Nordic center can offer you basic tips and a good starting point. The price of most lessons includes gear.

Once you’re ready to get going, there is lots of technique included to keep you occupied and improving for a long time.

You’re a runner so you possess the leg strength. Nordic skiing not only necessitates strength in your whole body, but it’s a sport where proper form and efficiency is key.

In both forms of Nordic skiing, it’s vital to stand tall then put in a deep ankle flexion that has you in an upright slouch. You must bend from the ankles and not from the hip. From this stance, your arms can swing forward and backward freely from a loose shoulder posture. You should be trying to get into a rhythm instead of just performing the techniques.