• Advanced Physiotherapy

10 Health Benefits of Skiing and Boarding

It’s that time of year again when avid snowboarders and skiers turn their sights to the North Shore Mountains. Mount Seymour, Cypress Mountain and Grouse Mountain are bustling! For many lower mainlanders, skiing and snowboarding are more than just winter sports, they are part of our heritage! Snow play is also a healthy way to stay active, embrace nature and chase the winter blues away.

downhill skier navigating a steep slope.

In addition to the sheer thrill of the ride and the unforgettable mountain zen moments, there are also numerous health benefits associated with skiing and boarding. Here’s our top 10 list:

  1. Strengthens lower body muscles specifically your hamstrings, quadriceps, calf muscles and gluteal muscles

  2. Fabulous cardiovascular activity

  3. Improves circulation

  4. Improves flexibility

  5. Improves proprioception, coordination and balance

  6. Engages core muscles

  7. Strengthens bones and joints

  8. Burns calories

  9. Ultimate mood booster

  10. Promotes deep sleep

Of course, before you strap on the boards, it’s important to prepare your body so you can get the most out of the season and stay injury free. Consider an exercise program to improve your core stability, and include strength components for your legs and arms. Work on balance training and consider adding biking, swimming or jogging to your routine to improve endurance. If you have been inactive for a long time and not sure where to begin, our physiotherapists can help you get on the right track by developing a safe and effective individualized home exercise program tailored to your unique situation and goals for the season. Ultimately, our goal is to help you move with confidence, enjoy the slopes and stay injury free.