There is nothing more exciting in the winter than hopping on that ski lift and climbing to the top of the mountain in anticipation for a great ride! The thrill of getting off (without falling) and taking in the magnificent views of the world. You then experience the exhilaration and rush of going down the mountain. When you get to the bottom and look up, you are filled with pride and accomplishment. All you can think is, “I have to do that again!”
This is the experience many skiers and snowboarders have when they embark on their winter adventures each year. Now, I am not a great skier (like my husband), in fact, I prefer ski blades, but as I get passed my fear and trepidation, I find myself loving every moment! I have always wanted my kids to learn at a young age as I find so many amazing benefits to these incredible sports. Not only is it fun and exciting, it also has wonderful health and developmental benefits!
Mommy University Presents
10 Benefits of Skiing and Snowboarding
Increases Body Awareness
When skiing, it is so important to be aware of each part of your body and where it is in space. It teaches kids how to use each body part separately and in sync with each other.
When kids learn to ski, they also learn more about themselves. Not only do kids become more aware of their body in space, they also become aware of their strengths and weaknesses, physically and mentally.
There’s nothing like hopping on your first ski lift or making it down the hill for the first time without falling. Each new step gives kids more confidence and pride in themselves.
Enhances Social Skills
Believe it or not skiing is a friendly sport with various social rules. There are right ways to pass someone and ways to help those in need. You must respect your fellow skier and learn to interact with others appropriately on the slopes.
Skiing and snowboarding involve a great deal of exercise which in turn enhances cardiovascular health. Both sports also improve flexibility and strength. These sports are also fun ways to help reach your weight loss goals!
Improves Balance and Coordination
If you have tried skiing even once, you know how much balance and coordination is involved! You have to learn how to use your core muscles to stay up while also using your leg muscles to move the skis safely down the mountain.
Whether it’s with a sibling, friend or even a parent, skiing provides the opportunity for friendly competition. I have always loved watching skiing in the Olympics. Even though it is usually an individual sport, fellow skiers show respect and support for each other.
If you have ever skied, even just once, then you know that skiing takes a tremendous amount dedication and perseverance. If a skier gave up after falling, they would never get further than a few feet from the ski lodge! It teaches kids that when you fall, you get back up and try again!
We have all read that exercising increases mood and skiing is no exception. The increased production of endorphins gives skiers a great sense of happiness. The pride and accomplishment felt at the end of a good run also increases one’s mood!
Allows for an Appreciation of Nature
Being on the mountain and a part of nature allows people to realize they are part of a bigger picture. They take in all the beauty and wonder of the world around them which creates a sense of appreciation. The fresh air also improves health and increases mood!
Skiing and snowboarding are amazing sports with wonderful benefits. It brings people together of all ages, cultures, races and sizes. These sports are tough and exhausting but motivating and inspiring at the same time.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
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