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Don’t spend this winter hibernating! Downhill skiing engages the core abdominal muscles in maintaining balance and your quadriceps and hamstrings to turn the skis. A cheap ski holiday is an excellent choice for a fitness holiday. Get outside with us and take advantage of the slopes – here are our top eight health benefits for skiing.

It's a Full Body Workout

It's a Full Body Workout

Skiing is great for your heart and lungs because it is a physical exertion that requires you to get outside and continuously push forward. You also work your leg muscles as you descend down the mountain and try to control your direction and speed. Your crouched posture keeps your quadriceps and hamstrings, and glutes engaged at all times. Controlling your movements require you to use your arm muscles, and as you focus on your balance, you engage your core to build incredible strength. If you’re looking to get fit, then skiing is the best way to engage your entire body and build amazing strength!

Skiing Improves Your Sleep

A full body workout from skiing is a fantastic way to improve your ability to fall asleep quickly and have a quality rest. Relaxing in bed after a day on the slopes exhausts your muscles and relaxes your mind, letting you drift off as soon as your head hits the pillow.

Physical activity is one of the best ways to help you drift off at night, so the more physical activity you do, the better. If you want to wake up energised and stronger than before, skiing is a great way to get active and help you relax by the time you go to bed!

Skiing Improves Your Sleep
Skiing Lowers Stress

Skiing Lowers Stress

Being in nature is well known now to decrease stress. Numerous studies show that being stuck in the city without experiencing trees and mountains causes tension to build up over time. We live to be with nature! It reduces stress, makes us happier, makes us less brooding, increases our creativity and helps us be more kind and generous, researchers at Berkeley have found. And researchers at Yonsei University in Korea found that visitors at three major ski resorts in the country benefited hugely and felt exceptionally happier when they incorporated skiing and snowboarding into their life.

You Burn Calories Quickly

Skiing is the ultimate winter workout for burning calories quick. The average person can burn 223 calories in 30 minutes of downhill skiing. That means if you spend three hours skiing on the slopes every day, around the average amount of time a skier spends skiing, you’ll burn countless calories. Cross-country skiing is even better – you burn 298 calories in just thirty minutes!

You Burn Calories Quickly
 Skiing Improves Your Flexibility

Skiing Improves Your Flexibility

As we’ve mentioned, the art of balancing itself boosts your core and engages key muscles across the body. When you ski, you have to maintain your balance while constantly moving across the slopes, and swift changes in direction are terrific ways of improving your flexibility. Just remember to stretch before and after you hit the slopes to get the most benefit and avoid injury!

Reduces Muscle Sprains and Strains

A sprained ankle or straining your wrists are an awful feeling. However, engaging in a physical sport like skiing that involves your entire body has the amazing effect of reducing muscle sprains and strains! As you exercise, your muscles and body toughens up, and you become more and more able to withstand dangers and skiing minimizes the chance of injury.

Reduces Muscle Sprains and Strains
Improved Insulin Resistance

Improved Insulin Resistance

Alpine skiing has health benefits that go beyond that of exercising. A study in 2012 found evidence that leisure and ski training both improve insulin sensitivity. If your insulin resistance is high, then your cells fail to effectively respond to insulin, which leads to high blood sugar and a host of other health problems. Especially if you have diabetes, there are many reasons why skiing is great for your health – just so long as you exercise proper caution.

You Boost Your Cardiovascular Fitness

Scientists at Ball State University have compared the fitness of World Masters’ cross-country octogenarians from Sweden with other less athletic people their age, and even though neither group still did rigorous exercise, the benefits of having skied in their adult life were evident. The researchers found that cross-country skiers had almost twice as much aerobic capacity and than their less athletic counterparts. So if you want a fit life in old age and to improve your cardio, then skiing is an awesome fun activity to consider.

You Boost Your Cardiovascular Fitness

Skiing is a ridiculously good workout – it engages almost every major muscle in your body, is great for your mental health, burns calories quickly and makes your body stronger. If you’re interested, take a look at one of our ski holidays to Serre Chevalier for inspiration!

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