If you need an excuse to hit the slopes this holiday season, look no further than your health. Strapping on the snow skis, even once a year, may enhance overall happiness, health, and well-being.
We have put together our top five reasons to hit the slopes below:
- Improves coordination. Skiing involves quite a bit of balance and coordination, and you must be conscious of the many slight movements and positions of your body if you want to ski well and stay on your feet. Your co-ordination and balance tends to weaken with age, so the more you are involved in activities that require balance and coordination, the less it will diminish.
- Increases cardiovascular endurance. Skiing is an aerobic endurance activity, which will help you to burn calories and lose weight. You will also get a good cardiovascular exercise by working the heart and lungs by choosing to walk up the slopes rather than using the ski lift.
- Improves balance and strengthens muscles. Your core will be engaged the whole time you ski as you will be constantly working to stay balanced. Skiing also challenges your balance and agility, helping you fend off slips and falls as you age. And due to being in a constant squat position, you will work your inner and outer thighs, hamstrings, quads and glutes.
- Improves flexibility. By skiing regularly you will build flexibility, and will be able to avoid muscle strains and sprains. By having a regular stretching routine that focuses on the core muscle groups will strengthen the abdominal s, obliques and hips that are used in downhill skiing.
- Skiing can contribute to a sunnier outlook. Spending the day outside on a snow-covered hill or mountain, surrounded by natural outdoor beauty, will have you forgetting about the worries of day to day life. You’ll also see the benefit from the vitamin D exposure, which helps ward off seasonal affective disorder and boosts your mood.
Yoga Poses for Skiers
Below are a couple of yoga poses that will help to increase your hip mobility and improve your turning, undo lower-body versus upper-body asymmetries, and help you stay centred on your skis, even when standing still.
Use these poses to warm up and cool down as well; if anything, it’ll give you an excuse to hang out in the lodge that much longer.
- Tadasana / Mountain Pose
Benefits: An active posed disguised as a passive one, the entire body is engaged in order to help you find your centre of balance while standing, while strengthening the the ankles and arches of the feet. Click HERE to watch a short demonstration video.
- Utkatasana / Chair Pose
Benefits: Strengthens the core and the knee joints, and is even more intense than mountain pose for training your upright balance. Utkatasana mimics the posture of skiing without the danger of falling, so this is the perfect strengthener for the legs and related muscles. Click HERE to watch a short demonstration video.
Now keep your fingers crossed for snow!!
And of course, should you have any mishaps whilst on the slopes, we are always here to fix you up afterwards!
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