4 Kinds of Winter Sports for Everyone

4 Kinds of Winter Sports for Everyone

While on cold winter days you most want to spend time in a warm home, watching TV, reading books, baking pies, or just falling asleep on the couch, you should not forget to be active and enjoy cold but sunny days outside. You can try so many fun kinds of winter sports even if you have no sport preparation. There are activities that are not going to cost you a lot of money, but it can be very beneficial to your health, help to strengthen muscles, increase your overall strength, and improve balance.

Cross-country Skiing

It is one of the best winter sports to increase your level of strength. To practice this sport, all you need to do is to buy cross-country skis. You can wear any comfortable and warm clothes you already have, and ski just in a park, in a forest, or even in your backyard. Cross-country skiing burns more calories than doing almost any other activity. Cross-country skiing is an aerobic sport, as a result, it means moving for a long time without stopping until the heart pumps oxygen into the blood circulation system and supplies energy. The muscles of the thighs, buttocks, calves, biceps, and triceps are strengthened the most. A person that weighs about 70 kg can burn between 500 and 640 kcal per hour.

Downhill Skiing

In contrast to cross-country skiing, downhill skiing consists of short intervals (usually 2-3 minutes) that require a lot of energy. The muscles of the knee tendons, thighs, calves, hips, and feet are strengthened the most. Also, the abdominal, pelvic, and arm muscles are working because of using ski poles. A person that weighs about 70 kg can burn between 360 to 570 kcal per hour. Beginners in the highlands can feel dizzy. In most mountain resorts, visitors are not advised to climb to a height of more than 3.35 km and get used to it step by step.

Downhill Skiing
Downhill Skiing

Snowboarding

This winter sport strengthens the calf, thigh muscles, knee tendons (used to move the snowboard), ankles, and foot muscles (used to drive the snowboard), the abdomen and pelvic muscles (to maintain balance on the snowboard). A person that weighs about 70 kg can burn about 480 kcal per hour. It is observed that snowboarding, like many other sports, has a positive effect not only on the physical but also on the mental well-being.

Ice Skating

Ice skating is not a very high intensity physical activity if complex jumps are not included. This winter sport is suitable for strengthening the muscles of the lower body (hip muscles, knee tendons, muscles of thigh and calf). Performing jumps can increase bone mass and improve balance. Ice skating also improves flexibility, speed, and agility. Different styles of skaters develop different muscles. Speed skating enthusiasts have larger thigh muscles, men who move their partner while skating have a stronger upper body, and skaters who perform a lot of jumps have a less muscular upper body. It is very important to choose the right size of skates, so if you are going to buy your own skates, do it in a professional shop.

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Ice Skating
Ice Skating