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Premier Soccer Training
2463 N 3Rd Street
Union, NJ
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(732) 621-8400
Woodbridge Center
Woodbridge, NJ
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(732) 651-3284
325 State Route 18
East Brunswick, NJ
 
Sports Authority
(973) 376-3800
295 Route 22 East
Springfield, NJ
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

South Orange Country Day School
(973) 762-6451
461 Vose Avenue
South Orange, NJ
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(718) 982-7260
Shops on Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY
 
The Futbol Factory Danubio F.C. Summer Program
Randy Torres; 10 Columbia Place C79
Brooklyn, NY
 
Modell's Sporting Goods
(908) 686-1900
Route 22 West
Union, NJ
Hours
9:30AM - 9:00PM MONDAY - SATURDAY
10:00AM - 8:00PM SUNDAY

Summer Experience for Girls
(908) 351-8484
62 Hillside Road
Elizabeth, NJ
 
St Joseph School
(908) 245-6560
150 East 3rd Avenue
Roselle, NJ
 

Big Shoes, Small Footprints

Big Shoes, Small Footprints

Snowshoeing lets you burn calories
amid nature’s winter glory.

by Sascha Zuger

February 2009

Some historians trace the origins of snowshoes back 13,000 years, when our ancestors used broad, flat boards to help them cross the great land bridge from Asia to North America. The quest for easy transport while hunting and gathering through rough winters created the forerunner to one of the hottest new calorie-burning winter sports for nature lovers.

“There aren’t too many other environments likely to be as beautiful, serene and tranquil as the woods in winter under snow cover,” says Declan Connolly, PhD, program director of physical education at the University of Vermont, who adds that the sport is similar to jogging in terms of calories burned. “Snowshoes offer you the opportunity to blaze your own trail. ”

Modern snowshoes bear little resemblance to their wood-and-rawhide forbears. “One of the appeals is that there is a very small learning curve. In fact, if you can put them on, you’ve gone from beginner to advanced or intermediate snowshoer,” says Ray Browning, PhD, assistant professor at Colorado State University. “There’s really little skill involved and it opens up a lot of terrain that many people, unfortunately, think of as off-limits in the winter time. It’s a nice, easy, out-your-door activity that most people who have close proximity to snow can do.”

Trekkers can touch base with the environment and enjoy the peaceful serenity of the white-blanketed woods—concentrating on spotting wildlife instead of attending to equipment woes—thanks to innovations in the sport. Lightweight aluminum frames and woven decking (think of the neoprene-like material used in wetsuits) ease muscle strain. Gender- specific frame shapes allow for a more natural stride for men, women and children. Shock-absorbing bindings make snowshoes as simple to don as stepping onto the decking in everyday winter boots and tightening a single strap.

Exercise, Watch Wildlife
Snowshoe devotees say that an outing on groomed trails can be as easy and relaxing as a winter stroll—and kinder in terms of impact, thanks to snow’s softer, more forgiving surface.

Enthusiasts range from people looking for some exercise by walking at a comfortable pace to those who use snowshoes specially designed for running. Racing or running shoes are shorter and narrower, with tapered tails. They are lighter weight and, to keep the shoe from loosening during quick strides, have a more secure binding than regular recreational snowshoes. People who run with snowshoes “are serious about getting a significant cardiovascular exercise session,” says Browning.

Connolly says adding a set of poles to the outing will give you “a great full body workout” in which you’ll burn anywhere from 500 to 1,000 calories per hour.

The recent addition of Nordic poles to the sport has not only helped snowshoe buffs burn more calories but has made ...

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