Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ski Vacation Reflection: The Benefits of hitting the slope

Your excitement intensifies as the first flakes of snow start to pour from the sky and the winter breeze starts to caress your warm body. Finally, your much awaited ski vacation is just around the corner. Your craving for extreme adventure and on the slopes will soon be satisfied.

But there’s more to a ski getaway than just fun and adventure on the snow.  Beyond those things, skiing also provides great health benefits. So here are the benefits that you can get when you go up and down the slopes.

Improves your proprioception

One of the benefits of skiing is it increases your proprioceptive strength. Proprioception is “one's ability to feel the position of different body parts and the effort that goes into moving them.” Since skiing is a proprioceptive activity, it further strengthens your ability to be aware of the movements of your body parts. Proprioception also weakens as we age.  Hence, you can reverse (or slow down) the process by indulging yourself with a ski trip.

Combat the signs of aging

Another benefit of skiing is it slows down the signs of aging. Years of ski trips have prepared your knees and bones for this. Thru skiing, your knees and bones are strengthened, thus lessening your chances of knee injury and bone disorders such as osteoporosis. It’s also a great aerobic activity.

Strengthens your heart

Skiing also improves your cardiovascular system. Skiing helps elevate your heart rate, thus increasing blood circulation, bringing more nutrients and oxygen to your tissues, and helping remove waste from the body more quickly.

Keeps you fit          

Good news to all health buffs there:  Did you know that skiing can help you lose weight as well? A week on the ski can help you as much as 5 pounds!

It also tones your stomach muscles. Achieving balance while skiing is very important, and do you know what muscles are in play when achieving this balance?  Yep, it’s your stomach muscles.  Hence, it’s a fun way to get you bikini ready just in time for summer.  It also helps in stabilizing your spine, protecting it from dangers of getting injury when you fall down while skiing.

Meet new friends

Lastly, skiing also lets you expand your social network. When you go with your friends on a ski trip, not only do you strengthen your camaraderie with them, you are also allowing yourself the chance to get to know more people. You get to interact with and learn from people from different age groups and cultural backgrounds.  Beats staying home and watching TV all day, doesn’t it?

Your ski vacation can give you more than just happy memories on the slopes.  It’s good for your health and well-being, too!  So what are you waiting for?  Get those gears out and embark on a ski adventure. 

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