Wintertime Fun: The Benefits of Winter Sports
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Wintertime Fun: The Benefits of Winter Sports

Benefits of Winter Sports

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If you prefer the warm, sunny seasons over the colder months of the year, there's no denying that winter has a lot to offer. Aside from the holidays and cozy hibernation of winter break, there's also lots of time to hit the powder to try out some winter activities and sports.

There are all kinds of activities you can partake in, including skiing, snowboarding, hockey.

If you're hesitant about getting out in the snow for some wintertime fun, the following are some of the benefits you can enjoy when partaking in particular winter sports.

Skiing


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Skiing is different than many other winter sports, in that it requires shorter bursts of energy and much greater heights and speeds. Because of the speed and height required for most skiing activities, it's a good idea to start with some professional lessons before you head out on your own. You might also want to consider some of the skiing braces available, which can help to prevent injury or soreness in your ankles, knees, wrists, etc.

One of the largest benefits of skiing is the strengthening of the lower limbs. Skiing is a sport that focuses on the use of the quadriceps, hamstrings, hips, calves, and feet, so skiing regularly can improve your strength and muscle tone in these areas. Another benefit of skiing is that you can continue to challenge yourself without having to switch leagues or invest in better gear. If you're starting to feel more confident, you can easily increase your speed, height, and skill level by trying new hills and terrain to continue to challenge yourself.

Of course, like many other winter sports, cardio and endurance are also improved with this sport, as it can take a lot of energy to change direction, stay upright, and travel up and down the mountain multiple times. It has been suggested that individuals who are skiing make sure to stop, when they are tired, and only go on hills that they are comfortable with. This way, you remain safe, the skiers around you remain safe, and you can thoroughly enjoy the benefits of skiing all season.

Snowboarding

Considered one of the more difficult winter sports to master, snowboarding requires a whole lot of lower body strength, as well as a strong core for balance. Similar to skiing, those who are new to snowboarding should consider hiring a professional trainer for their first few days down the mountain. Because the hill will be full of other snowboarders with different skill levels, learning how to control your direction and speed is key to everyone's safety.


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If you're tackling the sport of snowboarding, you'll certainly find some advantages of the sport, including a strengthened lower body and a stronger core. Unlike skiing, snowboarding requires that you keep your balance without the support of poles, and you'll also be facing sideways for a lot of the time. Because you're oriented sideways without support, you'll need to rely on your core and lower body strength to help you remain upright, change direction, slow down, and stop.

As a result, many find that their lower body strength and balance are generously improved with this sport, as well as their endurance. Not only will you need to stay upright while you snowboard, but you'll also need the strength to pick yourself up and travel with your snowboard to the lifts. If you're just starting out in this kind of sport, you'll learn fairly quickly how many muscles this sport really utilizes and improves.

Hockey


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Hockey is a great sport for all ages, and it has numerous benefits for us to enjoy. As one of the few multiple player winter sports, hockey helps to benefit our social skills as well as our fair play and communication with others. Fortunately, hockey is also available to play at all levels, so, whether you're looking for something competitive, recreational, or otherwise, hockey is a perfect choice to burn some energy and play as a team.

In terms of the physical benefits, hockey is a full body sport that requires a lot of strength from the lower legs, ankles, arms, shoulders, and core. Players use their hamstrings, quadriceps, and glutes to push off and change direction, while they will be using their shoulders and arms for passing, stick handling, and shooting. Similar to skating, hockey also requires a lot of balance and core strength in order to stay upright on the ice.

Because hockey sometimes requires multiple skills to be performed at once, this sport is also beneficial to those who are trying to improve their multitasking, versatility, and hand-eye coordination. Hockey is also a great sport for building up endurance, as it requires bursts of energy for short shifts and quick breaks that allow the body to burn calories.

Final Notes

Trying out any type of new winter sport is sure to be beneficial to your body in different ways. While each sport utilizes and benefits different parts of the body, it's important to remember that partaking in any kind of activity is a great idea.

Aside from all of the physical benefits of winter sports, all of these options will also help to get you outside, help to improve your mood, and, possibly, help you to build new relationships. While many of the sports are individual, you may find that others are new to the sport as well, and this commonality can be a great way to gain new friends and improve self-confidence.

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