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Skiing more fun thanks to tech

Cross-country skiing

A great way to enjoy winter!


If you’re thinking of taking up skiing after several years away from the sport, you’ll notice a big improvement in equipment, clothing and accessories, thanks to a focus on technology and design over the past several years.

The traditional ‘one-size-fits-all’ ski days are over as skiers turn to new alternatives.

Cross country skis are shorter and slightly wider.

They provide the same amount of flotation as long, narrow skis but are easier to control.

These skis are sized based on body weight to ensure you get the best traction when skiing.

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The introduction of shaped skis eliminated downhill skiing’s steep learning curve.

Wide tips and a narrow waist make them easy to turn and steer, enabling beginners to advance more quickly to the next level.

The versatility of twin-tip skis has caught the attention of skiers of all ages and ability.

Because twin-tips are curved at both ends, skiers can ski backwards and land more securely as well as do mogul skiing and aerial manoeuvres such as twists and somersaults.

Innovations don’t stop at the skis – boots can have a custom fit thanks to liners that can be moulded in-store to exactly fit your foot.

Dressing for winter sports has moved past ‘the old jacket, hoodie, and jeans’ stage to wearing clothing made of waterproof, breathable fabric.

These clothes are designed to accommodate aerobic activities such as cross country skiing and anaerobic activities such as downhill skiing.

The best way of staying dry and comfortable is to wear three layers of clothing.

The first layer should consist of underwear and socks made of fabric with good wicking qualities.

Physical activity increases your temperature so the body reacts by producing moisture (sweat).

Air must be able to circulate over the skin to allow the moisture to evaporate and cool your skin.

If moisture becomes trapped between your skin and clothing because it can’t evaporate, you will become uncomfortable and possibly chilled.

Open weave fabric made with water repellent fibres allows air to circulate and encourages wicking (the movement of moisture upward through the fabric’s openings).

While synthetic undergarments edged out wool for many decades, wool is making a significant comeback.

Manufacturers are producing merino wool sports apparel that is washable and dryable and doesn’t irritate the skin.

Wool clothing is also odour resistant, breathable, has water-resistant fibres and stays warm when wet.

The task of the insulating middle layer is to help retain body heat.

Garments (sweater, sweatshirt, or vest and pants) should be loose enough to trap air between the base and outer layer. Fleece and wool are popular fabrics.

The protective outer layer consists of a jacket made from fabric that is breathable, lightweight, as well as moisture and wind repellent.

Clothing designed for aerobic activities include ventilating elements such as underarm zippers, venting pockets, and back flaps.

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Today’s Throwback

Treesbank Ferry Daly House Museum
Treesbank Ferry

The Treesbank Ferry was first established to access the Dominion Land Office of 1880, located on the west side of the Assiniboine River, just up from the mouth of the Souris River.

After the railway was built, the ferry moved upstream to an area known as Clark’s Crossing.

In 1898-99, the operation of the ferry service was taken over by the Rural Municipality of South Cyprus.

The service used 11 different ferry boats during its 109 years of service.

In September 1989, the Treesbank Bridge was built to replace the Treesbank Ferry.

Eileen Trott, curator, Daly House Museum

Source: Magnacca Research Centre, Daly House Museum

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Involved in almost every biochemical activity in the body, enzymes have earned their reputation as the “sparks of life.”

Enzymes are catalysts in digesting food, stimulating the brain, supplying cellular energy and in repairing tissues, organs and cells.

Simply put, we can’t live without enzymes.

Unfortunately, many of us don’t consume enough enzymes in our diet.

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The over-processing and over-cooking of modern foods can destroy these important molecules.

Regular occurring indigestion is often the initial symptom of poor enzyme activity.

This occurs when there are insufficient enzymes to properly digest food, resulting in an excess of hydrogen and carbon dioxide from undigested and fermenting food.

Anyone who has experienced bouts of bloating and gas knows the discomfort of indigestion.

A full spectrum enzyme supplement can be an effective way to get relief from indigestion caused by a variety of food types.

Some of the specific enzymes to look for in such supplements are:

• Protease and enzyme-rich bromelain to break down proteins
• Lipase to break down fats
• Amylase and amyloglucosidase to break down carbohydrates
• Cellulase and hemicellulase to break down fibres
• Lactase to break down milk sugars

Not only can enzymes help with indigestion, but also the increased energy you will feel due to the improved absorption of important food nutrients is yet another reason to supplement with a full spectrum enzyme formula.

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