Snowboarding as Exercise

768 Words Jul 12th, 2018 4 Pages
Encomium Exercise Snowboarding is a form of exercise like many other sports and activities, but is seen by some as just a hobby and past time. To others, it is a way of life. Great praise should be given to the “art” of shredding the powder; it is not only fun but extremely healthy and supports an active life style. Like exercising and many other sports the main purpose of snowboarding is to feel good, have fun, and get a work out all at the same time! The meaning of exercise is an activity that requires physical or mental exertion, especially when performed to develop or maintain fitness. Snowboarding should be interpreted as an extreme or legitimate form of exercise like biking, Pilates/yoga, and weight training due to its large …show more content…
The mental and physical input required to snowboard correctly and efficiently is highly demanding. This is why most people who have experienced an exhausting mountainside adventure with friends or even by themselves consider it to be an extreme source of physical exercise. Snowboarding does not only aid in cardiovascular health and flexibility, it also strengthens every major muscle group. In the leg group the quads, hamstrings, groin, calves, and, surprisingly enough, the feet and ankle muscles are worked. There are also major improvements in the core due to the constant balancing and controlled body movements which strengthens all abdominal muscles. Multiple other forms of exercising, like weight lifting, require people to start off with small amounts of weight and increase the amount they do in increments. This parallels the idea of snowboarding in that when you start, you begin on smaller less steep slopes like greens and blues, and gradually work your way up to the harder slopes which works your legs harder due to the mobiles and steepness that work require more physical exertion. Snowboarding down the slopes is like squatting your body weight a hundred of times over while trying to balance and stay on a certain path. Fitday.com explains this concept precisely, “You can enjoy the health benefits of snowboarding even if you're not a proficient snowboarder. Beginners can receive a few lessons
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