Sport is always good for helping to get you in shape. When it’s nice outside, you can go for a run, play a team sport like football or rugby or get your bike out and go for a ride around town. However, winter is coming and once the ground is covered in snow and black ice, the temptation to dig your running shoes out diminishes, leaving you with limited exercise options.
There’s only so much you can do indoors, but if you still yearn to go outside and get into shape again, especially after Christmas, there is a solution. If going on a skiing holiday, you may find that a little bit of skiing may be helpful in trying to get you trim, but how can it help to make that bulge disappear and make you feel like yourself once again?
Stomach for a ski
As alluded to in a recent blog post, skiing can work wonders for your fitness. In the main, when skiing, your stomach muscles are almost working overtime, turning along with the rest of your body as you try to navigate along the various contours and bumps of the mountainside. At the end of a long session, your body will feel a lot better for the extra workout.
By skiing every day over the course of a two-week skiing vacation, your stomach muscles are likely to get flatter and more toned, thereby giving you almost instant results. There are some forms of skiing which are more vigorous, cross-country skiing being the most strenuous of the lot. The amount of time you ski for makes a difference too.
It’s said that a six-hour session on the slopes burns around 3,000 calories. This is usually more than the average daily intake, which can help to really aid weight loss, but that’s not all skiing is good for health-wise. Skiing is also useful for helping to improve your cardiovascular health, making your heart rate go up a few notches.
Before going skiing, it’s important to work on your cardio in the gym. Doing a little gentle exercise just before each session is useful too, enabling you to get the most from each session on the piste. Afterward, you might find it useful to do some warming down so that your body recovers in time for the next day.