Most people like to ski simply because of the incredible adrenaline rush and ultimate bonding experience with friends and family. Well, now you might have an extra good reason for doing it—research says that it improves overall happiness and wellbeing, too.
Want to be Happy? Ski!
A team of researchers from South Korea conducted a survey and concluded that skiing and snowboarding make people happy. They evaluated the happiness and satisfaction of participants based on sense of pleasure, level of engagement in the physical activity, and sense of contentment after skiing.
They found that skiers and boarders who were fully involved in the activity and not worried about concerns in life got the most benefits from skiing. Much of it came from the “flow or engagement,” or the way in which people lose themselves in an activity and tend to forget everything around them. Experts from Tordrillo Mountain Lodge support this and further add that the 100% focus skiing demands is what makes the activity more enjoyable.
The South Korea team explains that when people have a sense of involvement, they become more conscious about finding a sense of meaning and purpose in life. They are able to associate themselves in something that is larger than them.
The research says that the happiness effect also applies to those who hit the slopes just occasionally. Furthermore, experts found that skiers show a higher level of enjoyment than snowboarders.
“Adult playfulness” is a big factor in an individual’s happiness, according to experts. Skiing offers positive psychological effects which can influence and improve over-all health.
Impact of Skiing to Physical Well-Being
Further research says that skiing enhances cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength and helps in burning calories. Skiing increases heart rate, thus improving blood circulation. More nutrients and oxygen are delivered to the tissues, which help eliminate toxins from the body more quickly.
The physical activity also involves using major muscle groups, especially those in the inner and outer thighs, hamstrings and buttocks. This helps in achieving muscular strength and endurance. Furthermore, fitness experts say that you can burn up to 3,000 calories. This means you can shed up to five pounds in just a week’s skiing holiday!
Start bundling up and ski your way to happiness and fitness. It’s the perfect time to hit the slopes!