During the winter, you may be tempted to hide out indoors, away from the cold weather. As it turns out, however, this could be the ideal time of the year for you to get in shape. Snowboarding is a fun activity that can keep you fit and healthy all winter long. If you haven't tried it already, consider heading to your local ski hill and strapping on a board. Not only is it an excellent way to overcome the winter doldrums but it also can do wonders for your body, both physically and mentally. Read this blog from Tradewind Education.
If you like fast-paced sports that get your adrenaline pumping, it is worth giving it a try. Here are some of the health benefits that snowboarding provides:
Better flexibility. Snowboarding forces your body to frequently change directions, adapting to the slope and any obstacles on the ground. This can dramatically improve your flexibility. Staying upright requires good balance, as well. The more often you snowboard, the better your balance will become.
Get a great cardiovascular workout. Researchers have found that snowboarding burns as many as 450 calories each hour. It gets your heart pumping, making it an excellent cardiovascular exercise that can aid in weight loss.
Build muscular strength. Along with working the major muscles of your body, snowboarding requires you to use smaller muscles that are often undertrained. You need to use large muscles in your legs like your hamstrings, calves, and quadriceps to stay upright. Smaller muscles in your feet and ankles assist with steering. Even though it may seem like snowboarding only works your legs, your arms get a great workout, as well. Along with holding them out for balance, you also have to use them to push yourself up off of the ground anytime you fall.
Improve your mood. Anytime you exercise, your body releases feel-good neurochemicals known as endorphins. Getting exercise in a beautiful outdoor environment can also help relieve anxiety. That means that snowboarding can make you happier while at the same time helping you get a better handle on stress.
Build more meaningful connections with people. Anytime you are out on the slopes, you have an opportunity to meet new people. Snowboarding is an excellent bonding activity. It boosts your self-esteem, which can make you more confident when talking to or interacting with others.
Increase your core strength. Maintaining your balance on a snowboard requires you to use your core muscles extensively. Having a stronger core provides essential protection for your organs.
Become more coordinated while improving your balance. As you spend time snowboarding, you will see significant improvements in both your coordination and balance. Speeding down the slope on a snowboard requires you to keep a close eye on the ground in front of you, teaching you how to pay better attention.
Loosen up your joints. During the winter, most people become less active. This can cause your joints to become a lot more restricted. Getting out on a snowboard helps make your joints more flexible. Every time you change direction on the snowboard, your body needs to quickly react, helping to strengthen your joints while at the same time limbering them up.
Increase your confidence. Taking on new, challenging skills is a great way to boost your self-confidence. When you finally master snowboarding, you can feel good about your accomplishments. The most rewarding challenges are the ones that you have to work hard to overcome.
Combat anxiety. Spending time in nature naturally lowers anxiety levels. The social aspect of snowboarding also helps relieve stress. Together, these benefits result in better mental health.
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