Turns Out Skiing Can Improve Overall Health

Find out skiing can improve overall health.
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2. Well-known benefits of skiing 

Skiing can improve cardiovascular fitness, strength, agility, and coordination. Skiers also enjoy a reduction from stress and better sleep. Skiing is an aerobic exercise and is demanding on the entire body, especially the largest muscles: the glutes, quadriceps, and hamstrings. When skiing above 7000 feet, considered high altitude, the low-oxygen air makes the lungs and heart work extra hard as the muscles draw large amounts of blood that are necessary to keep them performing.

Depending on the intensity, even at low altitudes, a skier can typically burn between 350 and 550 calories per hour while skiing. The high-impact nature of skiing strengthens not just the muscles that keep us balanced in an almost continuous squatting position but also the tendons and ligaments that connect the muscles to our joints so that we improve our overall stability and flexibility.