Winter sports always appear so glamorous when viewed on television from the comfort of a nice warm sofa. Making that step from viewer to active participant often seems like an exciting idea but when the weather takes a chillier turn many people get turned off.
That shouldn’t be the case. Embracing the cold weather is part of the joy but with a variety of winter sports around and easily accessible these days, which one should you try (first)?
Probably the most popular of all the winter sports judged by the number of people who go on skiing holidays every year, it takes a bit of practice but skiing is well worth the effort. Speeding down the mountainside after a few days practice is a great accomplishment and the sport improves balance, reflexes and muscle tone too.
Every slope has beginner areas to stay safe but having the right gear is important. High Octane Sports have everything from gloves to backpacks for your trip.
If you live near an indoor ice rink then ice skating doesn’t have to just be a winter sport. It improves balance and coordination alongside burning as many calories as desired depending on your speed. Fairly easy to pick up after practicing, once mastered there are more opportunities to start playing ice hockey, figure skating and more as well as transferring across to roller-blading.
Undeniably the coolest looking winter sport, to the uninitiated snowboarding appears just like skiing but without the poles (or skateboarding on snow). Snowboarding takes a lot more effort to master, however, if you’re determined it is worth it. Without poles, snowboarding requires more effort to stay upright and can put more strain on your wrists but is easier on your knees.
If it’s pure speed you’re after there’s little difference between the two though skiing has been proven to create a higher velocity. For pulling off tricks it always looks better on a board though.
For a less intense winter sport with a more competitive element even for beginners, curling is a good option. You’ll need a basic ice skating ability to get started and knowledge of the rules too. Again the sport involves balance and coordination, especially when skating while using a broom, as well as increasing heart rates while participating. It also involves focus, and as a less intense option means no matter your age, size or gender anyone can get started easily.
So, which one will it be?