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How has Skiing Made You Healthier?

post #1 of 21
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The responses in this thread can be used as retorts to people mentioned in Bonni's thread.

I'll start:

Less Ankle Sprains: When I was a kid, I used to suffer from chronic ankle sprains. Come winter, I could not walk down an icy street without falling at least three times! This no longer happens.

The End to S.A.D.: I used to become a totally different person in the winter. Now I look forward to it.

Better Cold Tolerance: I used to consider 30 degree weather intolerable.

More Courage: Picking up and leaving to move to Colorado, writing books, starting my studio, auditioning for shows,etc.

Easier to Learn New Things: I was completely techno-phobic and computer illiterate before learning toski. Coincidence?

Moving from a Polluted, High Crime Area: No need to explain this one!

More Friends: Thanks to the Bears!

Who wants to go next?
post #2 of 21
Skiing is why I stayed in CO after college. My outdoor summer "training" activities and indoor workout schedule all revolve around making my time on the slopes more enjoyable. Skiing has definitely improved my fitness. I don't look at the injuries incurred over the years as so much a negative, but rather I look at healing so quickly and completely from all them a result of my desire to continue my favorite pasttime. Lastly, I'm sure all of us have met older skiers that are an inspiration to our continued healthly persuits, and I certainly hope to one of those in another 30 yrs .
post #3 of 21

How has Skiing Made You Healthier?

.....Stay in shape.

I specifically took up skiing 6 years ago as an incentive to keep my office-bound frame in shape. The focus on skiing every fall to keep in shape for the winter has helped a lot but it is still getting harder every year.
post #4 of 21
1. it gets me out of the house. I can get sucked into the evil maelstrom of television all too easily.

2. it's the one activity that completely frees my mind from work. I honestly don't think about work when I'm on the slopes or the lift unless whoever I'm riding with brings it up. Then we usually change the subject quick or it's just as quickly forgotten on the first turn of the next run.

3. on occassion it gets me connecting with people I normally wouldn't hang out with as regularly. I ski with my dad, who is 73 and I also have started skiing with my cousin again after many years of not skiing together.

4. yeah, there's the physical health side of it (I normally shed anywhere from 5 -10 pounds during a regular ski season), but i look at more from the mental health perspective: clearing the mind, interacting with people on a jovial level, stress free clean air environmental fall out. Bingo!
post #5 of 21
Probably the most constructive thing it's done for me is keep me out of prison. Seriously, as a kid I was hanging out with the wrong group and was practicing some pretty self-destructive behavior. My passion for skiing though got me away from those guys and my overall behavior went for the better. If not for skiing, there would have been way to much free time in the winters with not enough other things to do.

Beyond the behavioral changes, skiing motivates me to be in shape. My overall fitness is at a very high percentile for my age and with a stressful job, my fitness has possibly helped me avoid many of the middle-age traps that kill people my age every day. That any my personal vanity couldn't stand me being fat!
post #6 of 21
On long roadbike rides when my legs are burning , I think of how much this will help in the bumps. I stay in shape so that I can ski safely. It's not smart to try and ski yourself into shape.
post #7 of 21

nice topic

skiing got me back into serious fitness when i was burned out on the gym life. i am fitter than i was in my 20's and still improving.
post #8 of 21

Skiing makes us...

...not only healthier but for my wife and me represents a benchmark for our lifestyle goals. Like road biking in the summer, our weekend skiing represents an outcome of weekly exercise routines and a test of current performance against monthly and yearly predefined goals. Be it speed, agility, improved mechanics or advancing skills; skiing in winter and biking in summer provide us an outdoor athletic forum to express our ever improving health as we happily age together.
post #9 of 21
I drink more beer, more energy drinks and hot chocolate. I eat more chili, greasy hamburgers, and honey coated waffles than any other time in my life......oops I guess it hasnt, but I still love it
post #10 of 21
Originally Posted by skiCubad View Post
On long roadbike rides when my legs are burning , I think of how much this will help in the bumps. I stay in shape so that I can ski safely. It's not smart to try and ski yourself into shape.
When I telemark a bump run, I think how much it will help me riding the bike.
post #11 of 21
It's pretty much the only regular physical activity I get. I like hiking but don't have a lot of time to do it once the snow melts. I expect to ski 75 days this winter and rack up some vert and that'll have to do me until next year.

When I had a "real" job, it was a good way to leave the stress behind.

When my daughter was young, it was a great bonding time.

It certainly puts fear in my heart and lets me decide how to confront it.
post #12 of 21

Make you healthy

Jan 4th, l986 got concussion racing/fall in SG. Drove home, blacked out, rolled truck in front of Sugar Bowl blind right eye for 4 months, mentally disoriented also back to work after 11 months off. 2 months before sight returned I started bike riding to rehab so I could ski again. Became a century addict and rode thousands of miles a year. Got a lot healthier.

Now I'm 64 and I ride, hike and walk almost daily to stay in shape for skiing. Got home 2 days ago from 6 consecutive day ski trip. Skiing acts as the major catalyst for me staying in shape. My wife is a great cook and I have gtrouble keeping the lbs off. But, I am a ski addict. Skiing has been a real plus to my life. Great friends, personal challenge, discipline, adventure and a real deep satisfaction in attaining goals I have made for myself. Skiing is a big part of my life and one of the reasons I moved to Idaho and away from the Zoo of skiing.
post #13 of 21
Eye trouble seems to follow you through the years, eh Pete? How's that shiner?

Skiing gives me hope......hope that when I get old, I can still get out and enjoy the wonder of nature in winter.

I feel light and happy when I ski.

I feel closer to Nature (which is my God).

It's a family thing, and I love skiing with my husband. There's nothing finer than sharing a lift and a trail with him.

Even if I'm sick, I feel good when I click into bindings. It's a Fountain of Youth and Health.

No amount of injury will keep me from enjoying my 'other love'. This makes me crazy, but the crazy are often happy, too.
post #14 of 21
1. Finally decided to do it...Lasik, so I wouldn't have to worry about glasses or contacts when i skied, biked, swam.
2. Got much cheaper reading glasses now!
3. Work on my core strength, which I had let slide (pun intended)
4. Avoid the winter blues...can't wait for shorter,colder, snowy days
5. Travel more and see some amazing natural beauty in the winter.

THe short list.
post #15 of 21
Nice post from Pete No. ID.

From a 53 year old:
If you hold a season pass and ski 50+ days a season, you already have a very legit winter exercise program. But even for the many of us in the mid-Atlantic that are lucky to get to the hill a dozen times a season, ski fever can have beneficial effects on overall health. Just the thought of my precious few annual ski days is enough to motivate me to pursue a moderate, if sporadic fitness regimen throughout the rest of the year. The pride and joy of laying down a few well linked turns keeps me pushing through many an off-season swim, jog or bike ride. Last fall as I readied for an early season ski trip to Colorado, every climb on the local bike trail induced my exercise mantra, “first day at altitude.”
post #16 of 21
Works for me .

After some epic skiing at Snowbird in 2005 I knew I was out of shape and at least 50 Lbs over weight : .

I lost 35 Lbs the following year. I am also more fit for skiing do to rollerblading and visits to the YMCA.

I justify all my gear purchases and other skiing expenses as helping me to stay healthier at this stage of life. I'm planning on attending a race camp in June and should lose another 20 Lbs before putting on a speed suit : .

post #17 of 21
Skiing did not change anything regarding my fitness, as I always worked out. However, skiing has helped keep me happy and sane through the long winter months and the stress and long hours at work. That is worth more than gold to me.
post #18 of 21
Good topic LisaMarie.

Originally Posted by Bonni View Post

Even if I'm sick, I feel good when I click into bindings. It's a Fountain of Youth and Health.

Right, Bonni. It is funny that click of bindings always lifts my spirits no matter how I feel. I think that skiing helps my emotional health more than the physical. Mountain biking is what keeps me motivated to stay in shape.
post #19 of 21
Skiing makes me feel like I am still an athlete. My peception of myself is that of a person who is performance oriented. If I want to have fun skiing hard, then I need to treat myself like that's what I want.

For a guy 53 years old, I am lucky to be able to ski and experience movement and gravity. Most guys my age don't get to have that in their life because they don't ski.

At my age I am still getting better, I think. I am at least learning more. Continued growth is a motivator for me. It's a great sport, activity and way to spend time.

But, my conditioning is not up to snuff. I train during the off months for one reason, to ski!
post #20 of 21
Physically, of course skiing will get you in shape. Skiing forces you to become physically stronger in order to perform at an optimal level. Your lungs get more efficient at transfering oxygen to your heart and body, a.k.a. endurance. While you may not develop tree trunk legs like Bode Miller, Hermann Maier, or Daron Rahlves, skiing has conducive benefits for just about all parts of the body. As long as you don't ski off a 10 ft cliff like my brother and nearly dislocate your shoulder.(In case you were wondering, he did not see the cliff til the last second

Mentally, skiing is healthy for a number of reasons. One, it is visually stimulating. I can't tell you enough how skiing lifts my spirits and energizes me. The adrenaline that pumps through your veins and the uplifting mental effects keeps me relaxed and balanced. You can call it a sort of "free" therapy. In writing a report on this topic last semester at college, I also found some interesting information on how skiing allows you take on a type of alternate personality that allows you to belong among an association of skiers with common attitudes. Maybe that is what makes this forum so popular.

All in all, skiing is just plain FUN!
post #21 of 21
I agree totally with Paul Jones! I am also 53 and have been skiing since 1974 and even though I don't have the power I did when I was younger, my skiing is definitely better and still improving. My bump skiing is much smoother and much more enjoyable than my old bashing style. I credit this to my year round conditioning, improved equipment (don't miss those 205's) and cross training (rollerblades and hockey skates work wonders).
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