Fall is well upon us and before you know it, winter will arrive. The temperature is dropping and soon snow will be falling on Lone Tree. Freezing temperatures can steal the motivation to exercise faster than you can say Happy Thanksgiving, but speaking of the holidays, exercise is even more important this time of year. With Halloween candy, Thanksgiving turkey, egg nog and pumpkin pie only weeks away, it’s important to stick to an exercise regimen to balance out all those holiday goodies and stay in shape so maybe this year, you can choose a different New Year’s resolution instead of the usual “lose weight” one.
Fortunately, Lone Tree is less than an hour away from some of the best ski slopes in the country. Skiing might seem like it’s all fun and games. You might even think it’s just a really great way to spend time with the family. And you’d be right on both accounts, but there’s a third reason to strap on those skis and hit the slopes. Skiing is great exercise. Here’s why:
- Flexibility: While skiing, all by itself, may not improve your flexibility, the stretching that you must do before and after you ski sure will. Stretching followed by exercise followed by stretching is known to increase the range of motion in your ligaments and tendons which helps to prevent injuries. If you focus on activities that increase or maintain your flexibility, you will have a greater chance of retaining higher mobility and independence as you get older.
- Builds Muscle: It takes a whole lot of muscle strength to balance on two narrow boards and hurtle oneself down a hill in an upright position. Core muscles like your abs and back muscles get the brunt of the balancing responsibilities, but skiing definitely works your legs and arms as well. The steeper the slope, the more muscle you will need to stay balanced. The more muscle you can build, the more fat you will burn even when you’re at rest. So, you’ll still be burning fat even while you recover in front of the warm fireplace in the ski lodge.
- Lose Weight: Along with the fat burning you’ll get from those new muscles you built, skiing also can burn up to 3,000 calories in a day. Plus, all that lugging of equipment, uphill trudging through the snow and the elevated heart rate you get from the adrenaline and endorphins as you plummet through the powder is great cardio.
Picking up the skiing habit may be the most fun way to make sure you stay active throughout the winter.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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