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Skiing's "Other" Benefits

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
yes, we know that fun and excitement is the main reason we ski. But in the 3 seasons I've skied, I've come to realize that there are some other highly tangible benefits.

In the fitness forum, someone said Skiing is the ultmate functional exercise!
How true! A closed chain activity that involves balance FUNCTIONAL strength and flexibility, coordination, endurance.. Yeah I'd say it fits the bill!

As a Weight Bearing activity, it can satisfy the components of a program to prevent osteoporosis. The more unpredictable the weight bearing, the better.

Cold Tolerance gets much better when you ski for a winter. Also, say goodbye to Seasonal Affective Disorders.

Thermogenesis The body uses your fat as fuel. Great for weight control.

Okay, that's just a few. What other tangible, non subjective things can you think of?

[ April 20, 2002, 08:38 PM: Message edited by: Lisamarie ]
post #2 of 16
How about the mountain environment - all that good air to breathe!

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
So true! For many city dwellers, that's the only time when we do breath clean air.

I mentioned this in another thread, but the idea that you keep learning is another important factor. So many people get older, and their minds become numb.

Skiing definitley increases mental alertness, and I find it has a carry over.

And getting people to be a little "braver in their body" can make them braver in their life.
post #4 of 16

How about all the great people you meet. Some of my best and most enduring friendships have evolved as a result of skiing.

post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Absolutely! And that includes the people you "meet" online at The Bear! [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #6 of 16
Seasonal Affective Disorder. S.A.D.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Corrected, thanks! That was almost a funny blooper!
post #8 of 16
There's the enormous self confidence boost you gain when you finally get over your fear of steeps, or fear of ice.
post #9 of 16
Two words....

Stretch pants!!!!!!!

I should qualify this.... On Girls, not guys!

[ April 25, 2002, 01:09 PM: Message edited by: JohnH ]
post #10 of 16
alla you bears.
post #11 of 16
I'm not so sure about the thermogenesis.

I've come home many a time, expecting the scale to show a nice drop because of all the intensive calorie burning, and nothing!

(I track calories daily (an old habit from my teens) so I know it's not from too much wine.)
post #12 of 16

Perhaps you failed to take note during your university physics classes that the gravity constant changes with a persons age. The calorie in / out thing is a conspiracy!

post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
WTG, perhaps you have low body fat to begin with? [img]smile.gif[/img]

[ April 26, 2002, 05:15 PM: Message edited by: Lisamarie ]
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post #15 of 16
Skiing makes the apres beer(s) taste better.
post #16 of 16
Originally posted by JohnH:
Two words....

Stretch pants!!!!!!!

I should qualify this.... On Girls, not guys!
I like to see those tele guys in stretchy dacks. But most men 39+ should NOT wear them, especially if they are getting a case of Old Man's Bum.
Most women should never wear stretchy dacks. Some of them are so skinny, they look like prison camp escapees. I'm amazed they can turn their skis at all (most of these women barely can).
The women who could get away with stretch pants are in baggy dacks, in the terrain park or backcountry!
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