Sunday, 16 December 2012

The Benefits of Snowboarding

Back when snowboarding started in the 1920's, men and boys would tie their feet to planks or pieces of plywood and steer using horse reins and clotheslines. It wasn't until the early 1970's that the world saw some semblance of modern snowboarding. Modern Snowboard Bindings hadn't even made an appearance until the late 1970's.

Snowboarding Benefits Advantages Tips

Forty years later, the world of snowboarding and snowboarding gear has changed and will only see more changes in the future, from tricks and techniques to women and Men’s Snowboard accessories. What hasn't changed are the good times and healthy benefits.

Aerobic Exercise
Although sliding down a hill on a piece of wood strapped to your leg doesn't seem like the most strenuous exercise, snowboarding actually offers an intense aerobic workout that burns calories and gets your heart pumping.

Anaerobic Exercise:
Snowboarding works out more than just your heart. The winter sport works out all major muscle groups in your body, even muscles in your feet and ankles that you might not normally exercise often. Your leg muscles keep you standing and help you control your snowboard. You use your core muscles to keep yourself balanced. Even your arms and shoulders get a workout from picking yourself up from those inevitable falls.

Flexibility, Coordination, and Balance: 
Snowboarding forces you to constantly change speed and direction on the fly, and it’s all controlled by the subtle adjustment of limbs and the movement of joints.

Endorphin's
Endorphin's are chemicals secreted by your body that create feelings of happiness and euphoria and can also block pain receptors. All forms of exercise, snowboarding included, cause the release of endorphin's  Regular snowboarding helps you maintain high endorphin levels, which can help you sleep better and combat symptoms of depression.

Stress Relief
Whether you work hard days at the office or constantly have to write papers for school, stress is a regular part of life, but too much stress or not knowing how to handle stress can lead to a whole host of physical and mental problems, including:
  • Poor judgment
  • Memory problems
  • General irritability
  • Loneliness
  • Chest pains
  • Weight gain
Snowboarding can reduce your stress. Along with the release of endorphin's snowboarding teaches your body to physically change the way it responds to stress to keep your anxiety down and mood up.

Confidence
Hitting the slopes is a great way to boost your confidence and self-esteem. After sliding down those steep slopes, you feel pride in yourself and what you've accomplished. After tackling those slopes, you can overcome just about anything.
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