Get out on the slopes this winter - your body will thank you for it!
As the cold weather really sets in, you may just want to hunker down with your Netflix account. Why not get out and enjoy some winter sports as well?
Winter brings a lot of good things with it, like the cheer of the holiday season and much-needed breaks from work and school. We all generally feel like curling up with a blanket, a cup of coffee, and a good book or a new Netflix show during the winter. Why not fight this cold-induced hibernation and enjoy the weather instead? Winter sports are simply recreational activities carried out on snow or ice, usually at high altitudes. There is a versatile range of winter sports you can try, the most popular being skiing and snowboarding. Besides getting you outside to enjoy some fresh air, there is a multitude of health benefits to winter sports!
Compared to indoor workouts, winter sports tend to burn more calories. This is because your body is working harder to maintain its core temperature. Obviously the number of calories burned will depend on the individual's body mass and temperature, but on average an afternoon of skiing burns about 1,000 calories, the same as an average hour-long spinning class (but with a much better view). Because it's such a hard workout without you even realizing it, it's very important to warm up your muscles before you start skiing.
Healthier Lungs and Heart
Escaping the polluted city air and getting up to the mountains is nothing but good for your body and mind. The fresh, pure air in the mountains will help cleanse your lungs. Cold weather also pushes your heart to function harder, boosting cardiovascular health. Just don't overdo it!
Vitamin D Exposure
Sure, it's cold, but that doesn't mean the sun isn't shining! Vitamin D helps you develop strong muscles and bones. Rather than sitting inside and becoming vitamin D deficient until summer comes around again, get out in the sun and enjoy some winter sports! The natural light is actually more restrained in the winter, so the benefits of some sun rays are more substantial.
Boost Your Mood
During summer, the humidity and heat can make it hard to stay outside for too long. In chilly weather, your body is determined to stay warm, which leads to the production of endorphins. This boosts your mood and leaves you feeling more positive and upbeat. This will also help battle cabin fever and winter depression.
No Adventure Ceiling
For just a second, we're going to talk very specifically about the two most popular winter sports: skiing and snowboarding. Once you've got the basics of these sports down, there are tons of ways to up the adrenaline they give you! Trying out a new mountain can make the sport feel brand new. You can also venture into the backcountry to try a completely different version of the sport. You can visit a terrain park and try out all sorts of unique jumps, rails, and tricks in a controlled environment.
Are your kids looking to improve their snowsports skills? Places like Woodward Park City are excellent for kids eager to learn and hone their skills on the slopes all year round. Youngsters can also improve their competency in gymnastics, BMX, skateboarding, cheer, and many other action sports.