What’s it all about?
Skiing and Snowboarding are winter sports that take place on snow or artificial surfaces.
At its most basic, skiing offers a low-impact full-body workout. The whole body is involved with arms, core and legs receiving an equal workout. This ensures that no single muscle group is overstretched or stressed. It encourages the development of co-ordination and balance and a wider awareness of our external environment. Competitive skiing also requires good all round fitness. It can be undertaken as a leisure activity or competitive sport and is suitable for most ages.
Snowboarding combines elements of skiing, skateboarding and surfing in descending a slope while standing on a snowboard attached to a rider’s feet. There are numerous disciplines involved in the sport of snowboarding, involving any number of stunts and styles, from the open nature of freestyle to specialist events like parallel giant slalom.
Snowboarding is considered a high-intensity aerobic workout, in which the average snowboarder can burn up to 450 calories per hour. Along with being an ideal form of weight-loss exercise, snowboarding works core muscles due to the need for constant balance at high speeds. Flexibility is improved through the need to constantly change direction whilst maintaining balance.
Getting involved is easy, just contact one of the three artificial ski and snowboard centres in Kent to find out more:
Snowsport England also provides a handy club and slope finder.