Hello, Lazy Ladies and Lads! I have missed you. I am also semi-proud to say that even though I ate and drank my way through the Holidays, I only gained 3lbs. I spent most of my days skiing and then indulging in the apres ski atmosphere. Ooops. So, now it is back to the gym for me and plenty of healthy meal prepping. Until I get my life back on track, I figured that this would be a great opportunity to cover the health benefits of downhill skiing.
The Benefits of Downhill Skiing
Squats for days!
Feel the Burn as you fly down the ski slopes. Thanks to the position that skiing places you in, your thighs and glutes will look amazing. Downhill skiing is fantastic for your legs, due to the fact that you are in a squat position the entire way down.
Going down the mountain will definitely test your flexibility. As you twist and turn down the mountain, it is very important to keep fit by regularly stretching. The strain on your entire lower body demands you to turn quickly and have complete control. By stretching regularly you can avoid muscle strains on the chance that you fall.
As I have mentioned above, skiing requires strength throughout your lower body. Downhill skiing on the Rocky Mountains can be very steep and can put a significant amount of pressure on your knees. The great thing about this pressure is that it conditions your legs and joints to strengthen and can lead to joint health and prevention of osteoporosis.
I live in colorado, so the altitude on the mountain doesn’t impact me as much as when we take our friends up to the peaks. I tend to forget how hard breathing can be. Skiing requires great cardiovascular endurance. I notice this the most on the longer ski runs at Breckenridge and Keystone. Because you are constantly making turns down the mountain to maintain control, you can get tired very easily. Working on your endurance before hitting the slopes will help you cruise down with ease.
Besides being benneficial to your physical health, many studies have found skiing to lead to mental wellness as well. Skiing has been linked to happiness thanks to a study conducted by South Korean Univerity, Yonsei University. Check out their findings here.
My Ski Story
I learned to ski when I was growing up in Minnesota at Buck Hill. To give you a comparison of Minnesota skiing to Colorado; below is a ski map of Buck Hill Ski Area in Burnsville, MN and Breckenridge Ski Resort in Colorado.
As you can probably tell, Colorado took me to new heights. (Pun Intended.) I started skiing around 9 or 10 years of age, and then when I became a “rebellious” teenager I decided I was too cool to ski.
However, when I met Mr. Lazy Lady Fitness, he invited me on his annual ski trip with his father in Andorra. I was so nervous, but skiing turned out to be much like riding a bike. I still skied like I was 12, but I was able to make my way down the mountain.
When deciding where we wanted to move to, the mountains played a big part in where we decided to plant our roots. Colorado seemed like the perfect place to start our married life together. Since coming to Colorado we have been blessed to ski each season and this year we decided to invest in an Epic Pass. So far we have visited Breckenridge, Keystone, and Abasin. However coming up I should have a new post on Park City, Utah!
Skiing brings our friends and family together in a healthy and active way. We learn to push ourselves by trying things and new runs that can be a bit intimidating. There is no better feeling than making it down the mountain and looking back up at how far you have come. I recently have been testing myself by attempting moguls! Check out this youtube video by ski school on how to work on your mogul technique.
Lastly, like any true lazy lady, the best part of skiing is always the beer afterward! Cheers!