Winter sports. White Wellness

Thursday 21 February 2013 Beauty

These are the months during which several people take a break on snow covered slopes and ski runs. A moment of full immersion in nature is charged with several psychological and physical beneficial effects. Since the fascinatingly suggestive scenic views can relieve work-related stress, winter sports on the snow are a genuine source of wellness and entertainment.

Skiing offers the opportunity to appreciate breathtaking views of the Alps, while also toning the body and restoring optimal physical fitness through loss of excess weight.
Suffice to consider that a heady descent typical of alpine skiing contributes to burn from 200 calories in beginners up to 1,000 calories in expert skiers. The technical skills, ability and quick reflexes required when whizzing along curves, braking and facing changes in the gradient of slopes develop a strong sense of self-control, improving the coordination of movements and enhancing balance.
Those, instead, who wish to further improve muscle strength will find the ideal solution in cross-country skiing, a sport whose ancient roots can be traced to northern regions. Actually, the need to cross long stretches covered in blankets of snow led to the early invention of this sport that activates the circulatory system and tones all body muscles, improving the metabolism by triggering a constant demand for oxygen. Moreover, this sport is less traumatic for the spine and knees, and many technical trainers consider it as a concentrate of wellness for the high calorie consumption and because it sets all body muscles in motion. Muscle groups are harmoniously activated with a remarkable improvement in strength and resistance. Practiced in woods wrapped in regenerating silence, this excellent aerobic exercise is easy to perform and sets no age limits.

What can we say, instead, about snowboarding? The board, which is highly appreciated by those who prefer an imaginative and creative approach to the snow, demands a horizontal position with feet hooked on and no sticks at all. In terms of muscle, this implies an intensive involvement of legs and arms. Then, the crucial role is played by abdominal muscles, which are essential in maintaining both position and balance. Entertainment is assured with snowboarding, and so is calorie consumption,  which is practically in the range of 600 kcal an hour that are easily disposed of by this combination of entertainment and psychophysical wellness.

Whatever the snow sport you might consider, training is a must!
Finding oneself physically unfit in the mountains is not the right choice because early weariness might set in and neuromotor activity might be harder to control with the unpleasant consequence of potential falls and injuries. What is the best training for a body that is fit and ready for the challenge?
It is a good practice to start in advance, 6-7 weeks ahead, by training in the gym with aerobic exercises accompanied perhaps by some jogging.

What is the ideal close for a day spent on the snow?
A relaxing warm bath or a steam bath are the icing on the cake for a day spent outdoors amidst the muffled beneficial effects assured by exercise on the snow.
In fact, both the sauna and Turkish bath help to unwind.  They convey general physical and mental contentment and, by dilating the pores, encourage elimination of dead cells. The skin becomes clean and enhanced by a healthy complexion. Blood circulation is reactivated to the full advantage of skin tone.