Get a Full Body Workout with Skiing
The wind’s whipping through your hair as you fiercely glide through the air. Oh, the sensation of skiing and snowboarding! If you’re like a lot of girls, you may be intimidated and tempted to quit reading. But read on and learn four reasons why soaring down the slopes is more than an Olympic sport and can provide a great workout. Before you say ‘no’ to the next ski trip with your friends, keep these four tips in mind:
A different experience in nature.
While outdoor activities like bike riding, hiking, and rock climbing are great, skiing and snowboarding allow you to experience a whole other aspect of nature. Under no other circumstances can you fly blissfully from the highest peak of a mountain to its base in less than 10 minutes – not to mention the magnificent scenery; it alone is enough to step out on the slopes.
A great cardiovascular workout.
Not only do skiing and snowboarding give you an adrenaline rush, but they also tap into your anaerobic thresholds. You build stamina that will help you in your other aerobic activities. The more you ski or snowboard, the easier it will become, aerobically. In the end, your overall athletic ability will be increased.
A whole-body tone.
Forget lunges and squats! Skiing and snowboarding tone-up your hip flexors, quads, hamstrings, and shins to give you a rock-solid body. Whooshing down a hill forces you to flex your abdominal muscles, which will develop that six-pack! If you’re just starting out, you’ll tone up those arm muscles by pushing yourself back up after falling.
A new beginning.
Take a class and be patient with yourself. The first three days will be the most difficult, which is typical for a beginner’s learning curve. Just focus on learning the basics correctly and you’ll see improvements the more frequently you go. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!