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Road Trip: America’s 10 most visited national parks

America’s national parks hosted a staggering 82.8 million visits throughout it’s 59 national parks network in 2016. Which are the most popular — and perhaps which to avoid if you don’t like crowds? Here are the top ten according to the National Geographic.

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  2. Grand Canyon National Park
  3. Yosemite National Park
  4. Rocky Mountain National Park
  5. Zion National Park
  6. Yellowstone National Park
  7. Olympic National Park
  8. Acadia National Park
  9. Grand Teton National Park
  10. Glacier National Park

Olympic Cross-Country Skiers Eat 8,000 Calories a Day

Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times:

A typical elite cross-country skier will burn about 30 calories a minute during training — by comparison, a 155-pound person on an elliptical machine burns about 11 calories a minute.

Research has shown that a typical male elite cross-country skier must consume 7,000 to 8,000 calories a day — more than three times the caloric needs of an average male — to meet the energy demands of the sport. Female elite skiers must eat about 3,500 to 4,000 calories a day — about double the calories consumed by the average woman. (A Swedish study found that during the hardest training days it can reach 8,126 for men and 4,780 for women — about double the calorie needs of Kenyan marathon runners.)

What does it take to consume 8,000 calories — the equivalent of about 20 plates of lasagna or 40 scoops of ice cream — every day?

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