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Cross country skiing

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Definition

Cross-country skiing involves travelling long distances on skis along preset paths that are usually pretty flat. It is great exercise, which benefits your physical and mental health. 

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How to Do It

After renting or buying equipment, use a map to navigate your chosen route.

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Benefits

May improve mood[1,2]

May improve heart health[3.4]

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Time Commitment

A few hours

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Why it works

  • Being in and around nature is good for your mental health and mood[2]
  • Exercise of any kind is good for your mental health due to increased blood flow to the brain and the release of endorphins[1].
  • This endurance sport is good for your cardiovascular health as it increases your heart rate for an extended period of time, strengthening your heart muscles[3,4].
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Suggested Frequency

Weekly

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Side Effects

Injuries can occur while skiing. Additionally, endurance sports like cross-country skiing can cause lower back pain[5].

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Required Equipment

  • Cross-country skis
  • Boots
  • Winter clothing
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Category Health/Productivity/Focus:

  • Mood
  • Health
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Notes

If the climate where you live is too warm for cross-country skiing, there are many places you can travel to, to try it out.

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