Friday, January 21, 2005

Experts pick top winter workout activities

Experts pick cross-country skiing as the healthiest winter activity, according to The [Dubuque] Telegraph Herald in Iowa. Similar to jogging, cross-country skiing involves the entire cardiovascular system, and skiers can adjust their speed and the duration of their trek to maximize health benefits. Other winter activities that give the hearts and lungs of participants a comprehensive workout include downhill skiing, hiking, walking, ice skating, sledding, and snowshoeing. Walking and hiking also offer a better workout in the winter than during the spring, summer, or fall, and all participants need is a good pair of sneakers. Hiking in snow can be more challenging than walking on regular ground, and footwear and clothing are also heavier for an added challenge, reported the Telegraph Herald.

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