5 Reasons Why Skiing is Great Exercise

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Let’s face it. The winter season can make you feel like you’re in a slump. Both mentally, and physically. That’s why it’s important to keep up your exercise routine, even when it’s cold outside. Skiing is a great way to get your workout in while having fun. Gorgeous mountain views are just another added bonus. Whether it is cross-country skiing, or downhill, you’re guaranteed to have fun and burn calories doing it. Here are five reasons why skiing is a great form of exercise.

  1. Builds endurance: Cross-country skiing, in particular, allows you to keep moving for a longer period. As your heart rate increases, blood moves throughout your body more effectively. Your heart will start to get stronger every time you hit the slopes.
  2. Lower body workout: Skiing is like one long squat. It strengthens your glutes, hamstrings, and thigh muscles. Even walking up the hill, instead of using the lift, can help boost your leg workout.
  3. Works your abdominals: Skiing works more than just your lower body. Your abdominals are working to keep your balance and maintain control while gliding down the hill.
  4. Promotes weight loss: If you’re looking to shed a few pounds you gained over the holidays, skiing can help you get back on track. When it’s cold outside, your body will burn more calories. Those short, bursts of energy can help an average sized adult burn 400-600 calories per hour.
  5. Keeps you happy: The best forms of exercise are fun. Just being surrounded by a beautiful, snowy mountain landscape will make you feel instantly better. It’s also an activity that you can do with friends or family and make into a winter getaway.

If you’re seasoned skier, or just getting started, you will definitely feel the impact of the workout in the morning. If you’re looking to make your ski trip into a weekend getaway, check out The French Manor Inn and Spa. The bed and breakfast inn sits atop Huckleberry Mountain in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. The secluded destination offers a variety of amenities for every visitor including dining, event space, and spa and ski packages.