Not many of us need a reason to pack our suitcases and jump on a plane, but if you can combine a holiday with health benefits then digging out the passport is a natural move.

Not many of us need a reason to pack our suitcases and jumpon a plane, but if you can combine a holiday with health benefits then digging out the passport is a natural move. Skiing provides a change of scenery, time out from work and a good workout so the benefits span both psychological as well as physical.

Twisting and turning down the snowy slopes provides a great workout for the body, it’s a great strength builder and stamina booster. Yourheart beats faster which increases its rate and gets the blood and oxygen flowing around the body. It can also improve lung capacity, even walking up the slopes rather than taking a cable car or chair is a good work out.

Tones your muscles-

It’s a sport that provides an all over workout, it tones the core muscles which help to support your back. It’s great for your legs and glutes too, such a work out can be good for combating age related muscle loss as it improves the strength of the muscles. Moving in the manner that skiing dictates means that flexibility and balance is also improved so is a goodexercise for people with arthritis.

Boosts weight loss-

Due to the intensity of the sport, skiing burns up substantial amounts of calories, which means that the odd hot chocolate to warm you through after a day on the slopes is pretty much guilt free. An average frame adult can burn between 400-600 calories an hour whilst skiing downhill.

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