Skiing is the ultimate winter sport. There is no better way to embrace the cold and snow than to use it to your advantage, fitness-wise. There are a multitude of health and fitness benefits to skiing. Here they are:
Skiing provides a full body workout
Downhill skiing exercises all major muscle groups, however particular attention is paid to the inner and outer thighs, hamstrings and buttock muscles. This is due to the crouching position that is required for correct skiing.
The stomach muscles are also targeted when skiing, as a certain amount of balance is required, forcing us to brace our cores and keep our abs tight. This action also helps stabilise the spine to protect it in the event that you fall.
Using ski poles help to work the upper and lower arms. Steering with poles can also engage the shoulder blades and lower back muscles.
Skiing helps you lose weight and boost fitness levels
According to some sources, skiing can burn around 3,000 per day (6 hours on the slopes). The harder the runs, the more calories burnt, particularly those tough runs that include moguls or other steep hills.
The cold temperatures force your body to work harder to keep warmer, therefore encouraging and speeding up calorie burning. Being at high altitude where the air is thinner also forces your aerobic system to more efficiently use oxygen, greatly improving your body’s ability to transport oxygen to your blood cells. This, in turn, increases your fitness levels.
Improved balance and coordination
Skiing requires balance, strength and endurance. Slippery slopes can easily cause us to fall, however with practice, comes greater balance and coordination on our skis.
Before you plan your winter vacation for somewhere warm, consider the ski fields instead for an active and healthy holiday.
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