Runners’ Winter High: Alternative Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-training is a popular and fruitful change to the daily training routine of runners.
By: Omron Healthcare
Jan. 10, 2013 - PRLog -- Alternative training units in a different kind of endurance sport not only serve as injury and overstrain prophylaxis, but also offer additional support for the athlete’s training efficiency. During the winter months, cross-country skiing can be easily included in the training plan. As effective endurance sport, this kind of winter workout offers several advantages for stamina as well as performance of runners.

Benefits of cross-country skiing
With alternative training units on a pair of cross-country skis, runners can improve their general stamina, as well as stabilise their musculoskeletal system. Different groups of muscles in the arms, legs and back, as well as the cardiovascular system are strengthened. Whether classic technique or skating style – due to the sliding character of moving, which strains muscles and joints in a smoother way than running, athletes can ski for several hours a day. Furthermore, the body needs less time for regeneration between the skiing units. Thus, the general resilience is considerably increased. Therefore, cross-training has a positive influence on recreational processes during phases of regeneration. Moreover, many runners develop a more effective running style, as the back and pelvis become stabilised and trained more intensively from the time spent on skis.

Advisable training tool: Heart rate monitor
For the sake of your health and training efficiency, it is helpful to use a heart rate monitor while cross-country skiing. Especially newcomers to cross-training sometimes train too hard, as the training on skis seems to be less exhausting than running at first. Omron’s heart rate monitor HR-P1 by Polar provides all necessary data for a safe and controlled training. The device reliably measures the user’s heart rate as well as the amount of calories burnt during physical exercise. An audible alarm signals if the individual heart rate target zone is exceeded. The washable chest belt provides comfort while in use so that the athlete does not feel disturbed during training. Thereby, skiing runners can effectively benefit from the advantages of cross-training.

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