Until a few years ago, cross-country skiing was no more than a bad weather alternative to skiing. Nowadays it’s become a trendy sport. Trisanna tells you what makes it so healthy and why you really should give it a go. If you haven’t already.

Right leg and left arm, left leg and right arm – they’re actually the same diagonal movements you make when you walk. But cross-country is a lot more strenuous. 95 percent of your muscles are activated in cross-country, which isn’t just good exercise, but also boosts circulation and strengthens the heart. At the same time, the equal distribution of stress means that your joints aren’t under too much stress. But cross-country skiing is not always cross-country skiing.
There is a difference between classic cross-country and free cross-country, which is known as skate skiing. As the diagonal basic step of the classical version is easy to learn, it’s better suited to beginners. However, skate skiing, the sportier version, calls for a better sense of balance.

If you want to go a bit more slowly, Nordic cruising is a good option. The movements are similar to cross-country, but the broad, shorter type of cross-country ski means you can make more quickly. So you could call Nordic cruising a kind of cross-country light.