It has been a super wet week here in Southern California and with rain comes snow…we are STOKED! Snowboarding season is finally here and is definitely one of our favorite times of the year. We cannot wait to spend all of our free time in the mountains! Not only is snowboarding insanely fun, it’s a great way to stay active during the chilly winter months. Burn calories and spend our time out in beautiful mother nature? You don’t have to tell us twice. Our nonprofit is all about teaching the youth about how a healthy, active lifestyle is the best way to prevent breast cancer and ultimately celebrating life at every turn, both on and off a board! Whether you’re a pro or just beginning, we’ve got a few reasons why you should spend some time on a board this season!
Snowboarding is an aerobic exercise that offers an intense cardio workout and helps burn calories. The average person burns up to 450 calories per hour, so it’s a great way to lose weight and increases your endurance.
EXERCISES MAJOR MUSCLE GROUPS
Snowboarding works out all the major muscle groups in your body and even works some muscles that you may not use often, like the ones in your feet and ankles. You’ll use your quads, hamstrings and calves to ride the snowboard. The muscles in your ankles and feet will help you steer the board, and your core muscles will get stronger as you use them for balance. Snowboarding even works the muscles of the arms and shoulders, which are used for balance and to pick yourself up when you fall.
Snowboarding, like any form of exercise, releases endorphins, the neurochemicals responsible for feelings of happiness and well being. Snowboarding can regularly lead to consistently high endorphin levels. Exercising outdoors also helps to elevate mood and reduce anxiety, so snowboarding can lower stress levels and support mental health.
Snowboarding significantly improves overall flexibility, as it requires you to change directions and pace frequently and suddenly. Snowboarding also requires good balance, so your balance will improve as you grow more proficient at the sport. It also strengthens your ability to concentrate, as you learn to pay close attention to the changes in the snow.
Sources: Fit Day