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Snowboarding has become a popular winter sport (and summer if you live in Europe) that offers a great number of health benefits. Even if... Health Benefits of Snowboarding

By Staff Writer- Ed Barillas

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Photo: Katharina Kneip

Snowboarding has become a popular winter sport (and summer if you live in Europe) that offers a great number of health benefits. Even if you’re not the most agile snowboarder, you surely can enjoy the cardiovascular perks and cheerfully burn those bad calories off.  Also being outdoors can help one in reducing anxiety and can benefit your mental and psychological health.  The lifestyle diet is also a plus as snowboarders need lots of dependable fuel to perform at their best so they include foods rich in protein and essential nutrients which will naturally enhance their actions on the snow.  These are in the form of   meats, cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables along with lots of fresh liquids like fruit smoothies, natural energy shakes, raw milk and lots and lots of water.
Some of the health benefits of snowboarding can include viewing this from the point of view of snowboarding as an aerobic exercise.  If you watch some of these aerobic videos you will see that they use alot of the same motions that snowboarders and skiers use but snowboarding has the extra added option of having a great view and being out in the fresh cool air and bright warm sun.  This aerobic point of view can offer an intense cardiovascular workout and burn calories which the average snowboarder can burn up to and beyond 450 per hour.  This is great news for those looking for cool and sure ways to lose weight, I mean really, when in the last time you saw an overweight snowboarder?

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Photo: Katharina Kneip

Snowboarding also works the major muscle groups in the body and muscles that you may rarely use like your feet muscles and ankles.  Your calves, quads, hamstrings, arms and shoulders will also benefit greatly and your core muscles will grow more powerful as you learn how to use it for balance.

Snowboarding works out all the major muscle groups in your body and even works some muscles that you may not use often, like the ones in your feet and ankles. You’ll use your quads, hamstrings and calves to ride the snowboard. The muscles in your ankles and feet will help you steer the board, and your core muscles will get stronger as you use them for balance. Snowboarding even works the muscles of the arms and shoulders, which are used for balance and to pick yourself up when you accidentally fall.
Snowboarding releases endorphins that can give you a wonderful feeling as these neurochemicals have the duty to give you a feeling of well being and happiness.  Being out in the fresh air will also reduce anxiety and elevate one’s mood and can increase your flexibility because it requires for you to change directions suddenly and frequently and demands good balance so you will improve as you grow more proficient at this cool sport.

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Photo: Katharina Kneip

If its your first time out on the slopes with a snowboard its always best take a few lessons to learn the basics so you don’t slam face first into the first pine tree that you come across and spend the next 8 week in traction.  Always be mindful to wear a helmet as well as wrist, elbow and knee guards.  Always make sure to choose a terrain that will be appropriate to your skills and as you develop and enhance your skills you can take on more challenging slopes and keep in mind that the steeper the slope the more your abdomen, leg and core muscles will build.  Snowboarding and other physical activities have the potential to increase your intelligence and aid you in maintaining good and sound judgment as you grow older and this regular cardiovascular exercise will support your brain in maintaining and even generating brain cells that are responsible for memory.

You will feel great pride in your accomplishments as a snowboarder and better about your physical performance as you gain an improved self-image and fit body.  losing weight, Having energy,and getting fit through snowboarding can give you all the confidence you desire and you will also get a sun tan to boot. Snowboarding will help you feel like you can overcome regularly daily challenges as you successfully fight your way down the slopes of life and come out smelling like roses.

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Photo: Katharina Kneip