Skiing is a wonderful winter sport. You get to enjoy the beauty of the snow while also giving your body an excellent workout.
Whether it be cross country skiing, or fast paced downhill skiing, it gives your body ample benefits and a powerful workout from head to toe!
How Skiing Can Benefit You
It Can Boost Your Mood
It’s no secret exercise is great for our mood, so why would skiing be any different? Physical activity helps improve our overall mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function.
Getting outdoors and exercising promotes increased production of endorphins, which creates feelings of relief and happiness. You can also benefit from the added boost of vitamin D exposure from the sun, which is especially important in the winter when days are shorter.
Exercise has also been found to alleviate symptoms such as low self-esteem and social withdrawal. Being outside in nature also helps, fresh air and the beauty of nature is a wonderful way to relax.
Strengthens Joints and Bones
Your knees must endure the tension and weight from your body as you turn and move quickly downhill, and even while doing a cross country ski. In addition to strengthening your knees, your bones become stronger due to the weight-bearing impact on your legs. So not only are you having a fantastic time, but you can also be preventing knee damage, osteoporosis and increasing your strength.
Your body will be moving in many different ways, helping stretch your body and improve it’s overall flexibility- which will become a benefit during your skiing adventures. By building flexibility, you can avoid muscle strains and sprains. It is also recommend to stretch thoroughly before skiing to prevent and strains.
Increases Cardiovascular Endurance
Skiing is a very aerobic endurance activity, which can help an individual burn calories and lose weight. Slope skiers can also get a good cardiovascular exercise by working the heart and lungs from walking up the slope rather than using the ski lift.
Can Promote Weight Loss
Depending on your body weight and the intensity of your ski workout, it’s possible to burn up to 3,000 calories a day on the slopes, a great solution for a fun-filled weight loss holiday. The colder temperatures can also cause your body to increase its own temperature, which it does by burning calories. According to fitness experts, you can lose up to 5lbs from a week’s ski holiday – which is much better than a few sweaty sessions in the gym! You get to enjoy nature and lose weight, win win!
Promote A Better Sleep
Skiing can be a very physically exerting sport. And with you being on your feet for the majority of the day, a day’s skiing is guaranteed to tire you out. With the physical exercise, reduced stress and fresh mountain air accompanied with skiing, it’s a fantastic way to take control of your sleep. And you will feel more rejuvenated the next day for your next ski adventure!
So get out this winter and hit the slopes or local trails. Take the family or enjoy a quiet ski by yourself!