By Julie Chartrand (my identical twin sister and frequent contributor of ideas and guest posts.)
The winter of 2014 was long, hard, and cold. I ran throughout the winter, training for a 10 km race. It has been predicted that we would get a lot of snow again this year (although we have not seen much of it yet). I decided that if we were to relive a winter like last year, I may as well embrace it and join some of my co-workers who are enthusiastic skiers.
#Runch, #Skunch And Other Lunch-Time Workouts
Runch is a word Lucie uses for running at lunch, so I copied her and made up Skunch… Skiing at lunch. My workplace is conducive to many forms of physical activities over the lunch hour. For me, lunch is the best time to fit in a workout.
I am lucky because my workplace is next to a University campus and all of its amenities. Also, my workplace is equipped with locker rooms. During the spring/summer/fall I run using a variety of routes: residential streets, municipal trails, cross country running trails, and a 400 meter track. I also have access to a few lakes with beaches and a pool on campus. During the winter I have access to Nordic ski trails, a skating path on the lake and an indoor track in the University campus gym. For the athletes and active people, no matter the season, there are many options to choose from for lunch time workouts.
Ski Bunny In Training
I had only tried Nordic skiing casually as a teenager but I wanted to try it out again. I pulled out my vintage Canadian Tire Specials and hit the Nordic trails at the University. My very patient friend/coworker instructed me in the correct technique and trail etiquette of Nordic skiing, for which I am grateful.
I have gone out skiing several times in the last couple of weeks over my lunch hour. I’m hooked! I LOVE the sport so much so that I am not sure if I’ll run again until the snow melts. Here is a list of reasons why:
- Skiing is an all-over body workout. You use your arms and legs in a pushing and pulling motion to propel yourself forward. You also engage your abs, especially on the uphill portions. My inner thigh also get a great workout. I know cause my muscles are very sore.
- No exercise induced headaches after skiing. This is probably from the softer impact; my body isn’t pounding up and down. Since there is no up and down impact, it’s much gentler on your joints.
- No need to buy “skiing clothes”. I wore of the same layers as I would wear out on a winter run, see Lucie’s Guide. I was completely toasty, even in -20 C weather. There is no need to buy new clothes.
- Same amount of calories burned. According to MyFitnessPal, on a typical 45 min run I would burn 425 calories, while I burned 376 calories during a 45 min ski session. Since I am a novice my pace is much slower. I think there lies the difference.
- Skier’s high is better than Runner’s high. Wow, I’ve had runner’s high but this feeling is different. I wonder if it’s from the thrill of going down hills, but it definitely is a rush!
So, I have concluded that skiing is a great alternative to running in the winter, even when you are training for a race. What is your alternative when there is too much snow to run outside?
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