Cross-country skiing supports upper body health

Researchers in Sweden and at Ball State University in Indiana assembled two remarkable groups of octogenarian men

Researchers in Sweden and at Ball State University in Indiana assembled two remarkable groups of octogenarian men.

One group was composed of lifelong cross-country skiers, the other group didn’t do any formal exercise beyond the activities of daily living.

Not surprisingly, the skiers were in better shape than the non-skiers. The results show that the skiers had approximately twice the cardiovascular and muscular fitness of the untrained group.

One of the big differences between cross-country skiing and other forms of exercise, like running and cycling, is that your upper body plays a big role. The full body workout provided by cross-country skiing is uniquely effective. The untrained subjects, despite being blessed with remarkable health, were perilously close to the inability to live independently.

The message: Good genes can help you live a long life, but if you want to fully enjoy those later years, go cross-country skiing.

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– Submitted by the Skmana Ski & Snowshoe Club.



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