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The Health Benefits of Skiing

By Brandi Goodman 

Skiing is a fun winter pastime for many. With several ski shops in Cottonwood Heights and surrounding cities, residents can find the gear they need to get out and about on a suitable day. There are many health benefits to skiing that make the activity more than just a fun time. 

Burning Calories

The goal for many people is to burn calories during the activities they try. This helps with weight loss and maintaining weight. Downhill skiing can burn up to 400 calories per hour, making it a worthwhile adventure. Uphill skiing can burn even more. It's a more advanced sport, however, which requires a lot more strength and skill. 

Building Core Strength

The core remains engaged throughout the entire duration of the ski trip. It requires a lot of balance and movement to stay on your feet, after all. Building up your core strength can do wonders for your body. A strong core will prevent back pain, promote good posture, and protect internal organs. 

Boosting Mood

Getting outside for any activity is a surefire way to boost mood. Whether you go for a simple walk or take up skiing, getting the body moving will release endorphins that can make you feel good overall. Skiing pairs exercise with the exhilarating feeling of going downhill quickly, heightening that feel-good sensation even more. 

Building Lower Body Strength

The lower body also gets worked out tremendously during skiing. You remain in a squatted position with the legs slightly bent for the duration. This will leave your thighs shaking. After several ski sessions, you should notice strength in your lower body like never before. 

Bones and Joints Strengthened

The bones and joints also see major improvement after time spent skiing. Keeping the legs slightly bent and having all that weight on them can drastically enhance their strength. Over time, the knees should be able to handle more and the bones and joints within the rest of the body should become stronger as the movement from skiing causes them to be used continuously. 

Skiing provides many health benefits that makes the activity worthwhile. Residents in Cottonwood Heights or other cities that see snowfall should give the sport a try to see how they fare. It may just become your new favorite fun time. Anyone looking to try the activity the first time should visit The Joint Chiropractic to ensure all joint restrictions are removed, which will free up full mobility. This will ensure the body can operate to its full ability, helping reduce the chance for injury. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

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