The Health Benefits of Regular Skiing & Snowboarding
Every time that Winter rolls around we end up turning into something of a bear, reverting
to naps and long Netflix binges to relax. Despite our tendency to shut down when it gets
cold, there are some great outdoor health & fitness activities to take part in. Today we are
going to talk about skiing and how it is one of the more enjoyable and healthy winter
hobbies. We all know what skiing is but do we know why it is so good for us?
Whether you're skiing here in California or going all the way up to Alaska for a change
of pace, regular skiing provides a host of different health benefits that render a positive
change to both your physical and mental well-being. You don't have to be great at skiing
for these health benefits, you just have to go out and do it.
Stronger Lower Body/Core
Skiing down the slopes may feel exhilarating and not unlike flying, but the truth is that
you are doing a ton of work with your lower body and core. Constant shifting and
steering requires a good amount of balance. Your knee joints strengthen while your lower
body braces all of the weight -- thus also improving the actual strength of bones in your
lower body. You are constantly toning your glutes, quads, and hamstrings as well—all
great ways to promote long-term health. Lower body exercise can help to reduce your
risk of osteoporosis and knee damage.
Skiing is similar to weight training but it also does a lot to improve your flexibility --
something that'll definitely come in handy as you age, as well. Being able to ski requires
that you are able to get limber and loose. Add in a stretching routine before and after you
hit the slopes to see even more benefits.
Boosted Cardiovascular Health
Closing out the physical aspects of skiing, we can say with ease that it is a great hobby to
take up if you want to improve the health of your cardiovascular system. As you ski your
heart rate will climb which keeps your blood flowing and your muscles working. Skiing
for just an hour can lead to 400 calories burned so make sure to keep at it! If you're not a
fan of running, this cardio flies by much faster and is much more fun for many people.
Improved Mental Health
Any type of exercise is going to do wonders for your mental health thanks to the rush of
positive hormones that your body creates when you sweat. For skiing, an outdoor sport,
you get to spend more time out in nature soaking in vitamin D too. Getting outside for
exercise can also help to break up the monotony of your work-week or your regular
workouts at the gym.
While skiing has a ton of physical benefits the truth is that skiing is just plain fun.
Regular skiing can improve your quality of life, improve your physical health, and give
you something fun to look back on while you day-dream about the weekend.