Winter Cross-Training: An Ode to Snowshoe running
  Snaptech Marketing 12:00 AM
It's hard trying to find the motivation to exercise outdoors when the weather is less than optimal and the skies say goodnight by 5pm (A.K.A- its dark!). It's a good thing we have activities like swimming, killer gym sessions, spin classes, yoga, snowboarding, skiing, and snowshoeing…just to name a few! The options are literally endless.

This winter I am making it my mission to get up the mountain at least once a week to go snowshoe running. Not only does it billed a wicked running base and increase cardiovascular endurance, you can get a killer workout in less than an hour. Warning: snowshoe running is hard, it gets the heart rate up and you will be tired at the end of it. Perfect! Snowshoe running also uses all of the same muscles as running on dry land: the quads, hamstrings, calf muscles and the smaller muscle groups of the feet and ankles. Depending on how much you weigh, you can burn approximately 11 calories per minute, which is over 600 calories an hour!

If you have never been snowshoeing, there are a lot of different options out there to get yourself introduced to the sport. Most of the local mountains have nightly snowshoe clinics, where you can rent snowshoes and get a semi-private tour of the mountain. If you want to have some fun and be a little more competitive, you can sign yourself up for two of the Yeti Snowshoe running races. The first one takes place on Mt. Washington and the second is a local race on Mt. Seymour. They are loads of fun and a great way to spend time outdoors with like minded individuals. You can race solo or as a team of 5 or more people. Just make sure to recover properly and eat an Elevate Me! protein bar directly after the race.

See you in the trails…or in the snow!!!!

Nicola Gildersleeve

Ambassador Athlete

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