There’s no greater rush than the wind in your face and the powder under your skin. Bu [spoiler alert] tearing up the slopes also has all kinds of health benefits, too.
It’s great for your heart and circulation.
Both downhill and cross-country skiing offer cardio metabolic benefits, including improved insulin resistance, body composition and glucose metabolism, as well as lower blood pressure, lipids and heart rate. Skiing also reinvigorates blood vessels and cell health.
It makes you stronger.
All that carving, skidding and pivoting puts a fair amount of weight on your knees, ankles and feet, which strengthens the bones and joints in your legs. Not only are you preventing knee damage—you’re staving off osteoporosis, too.
It’s a killer lower-body workout.
Skiing provides a unique mix of eccentric, isometric and concentric muscle work, making it fairly extraordinary when compared to other types of physical activity. You’re challenging and activating a much wider range of lower-body muscles, which research has shown to improve balance, stability and range of motion. And thanks to that persistent squat position, you’re also working your inner and outer thighs, hamstrings, quads and glutes.
It boosts your mood.
Spending an exhilarating day shrouded in the majesty of a snow-covered mountain is hard to beat. Studies show that skiing improves mood in elderly adults by releasing a flow of endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. And if it’s sunny, you’re also benefiting from the vitamin D exposure, too.
It may help you live longer.
Skiing is a type of interval training—forcing you to alternate between high-intensity cardio and periods of rest and recovery. A growing body of evidence suggests that interval training can not only boost your overall fitness but also improve age-related changes in your cells.Tags: activities, adventure, Colorado, health and wellness, healthy living, seasonal