New Year Resolution: Burn Calories, Eat Healthy = Learning to Ski or Snowboard

 

 

CONTACT: Mary Jo Tarallo | mjt@learntoskiandsnowboard.org | 202-431-6950

December 31, 2016 - Learning how to ski or snowboard may be the optimal New Year’s resolution.  The sports help contribute to a healthy lifestyle at a time of the year when many people become more complacent and tend to stay indoors. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and there are lots of good reasons to learn the sports, according to snow sports industry representatives. 

For one thing, skiing and snowboarding burn calories. The number burned per hour depends on the participants weight and proficiency. This Calorie Chart lists a wide range of combinations for adults and youths.

“On the flip side, eating a sensible diet can enhance the experience”, said Mary Jo Tarallo, director of the industry’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard initiative. Skiing and snowboarding can involve quick bursts of exertion to turn or stop followed by a quiet period on a lift ride up the slopes.  Sliding down a snowy mountainside and staying outdoors in winter requires fuel - consumed at optimal times throughout the day. Overall activity can last from a couple of hours to 5-6 hours. It’s important to be well fed and hydrated beforehand, and to maintain both throughout the day.

“Many people forget to drink water when outdoors, or they don’t feel thirsty because it is colder”, added Tarallo. "The reality is that remaining hydrated actually helps keep your body warmer."

Skiing and snowboarding can improve muscle tone and balance. Both utilize core muscles in the abdomen and also work muscles in the calves, arms, hands, ankles and feet. These workouts naturally improve one’s balance. Snowboarding requires changing directions frequently and this movement in particular can improve flexibility and muscle strength in feet and ankles. And, because even older participants can enjoy skiing and snowboarding, the sports can help prevent muscle loss as well. 

Skiing and snowboarding can enhance mood. Any physical activity promotes increased production of endorphins, which, in turn, creates feelings of relief and happiness. A study conducted by a group of South Korean researchers reports that the pleasure gained from a skiing /snowboarding is enough to improve overall happiness and well-being - even with occasional visits to the mountains. According to the study, hose who benefitted the most benefits got "into the flow," meaning they focused on their skiing and forgot everything else while on the slopes.

The slogan for the Learn to Ski and Snowboard initiative is "Humans Were Never Meant to Hibernate". Initiative organizers hope that children and adults will take advantage of numerous learning deals during January and know that lessons are available all winter long.  

For further details, go to the Adult/Kids Tips section of www.learntoskiandsnowboard.org. The section also provides suggestions on modest exercises that can help newcomers get in better shape for a quality snow experience.

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