Winter sports: fun way to stay fit

By Elyssa McFadden
November 19, 2004

Shane Evans

Winter is rapidly approaching and students are looking for ways to stay fit during this cold season. One way to have fun and stay healthy this time of year is to get involved with skiing or snowboarding.

These two sports allow a person to obtain muscle strength and flexibility. However, one should definitely stretch and do appropriate exercise before approaching the slopes to prevent any injuries.

To increase arm strength, one may feel the need to do some push-ups prior to approaching the ski lift. Although this is not necessary, it will help to alleviate pain from falling before it even starts. For first-timers, snowboarding can be very challenging and falling comes along with learning. “Snowboarding is a challenge but once you get to the top its worth all the effort.” Cabrini graduate, Dan Salvatore said. “When starting out don’t get discouraged because you will probably fall. It takes some time and practice to get good.”

Flying down the slopes helps to increase strength in all parts of the body, especially legs and abdomen. Holding up the body gets the blood flowing and the muscles moving. It’s a great way to get exercise and have fun at the same time.

Not only do snowboarding and skiing offer muscle strength, but all-around health benefits. The cold air on the mountain provides lower levels of oxygen. The mixture of elevation and exercise makes people take deeper breaths, helping circulation.

This atmosphere is also good for the skin. However, one must remember to stay hydrated. Also make sure to wear sun protecting moisturizer. Doing all of these suggestions, the body will be in great shape, and skin will be radiant.

Cabrini is offering a trip to Canada for skiing and snowboarding. This trip offers more activities aside from skiing and snowboarding. A place to stay and transportation is included. The trip is Jan. 9-14 during winter break. $50 Deposit is due Nov. 24. Contact Joe Coyle at jcoyle@cabrini.edu, X8553.

To get a taste of the winter wonderland visit www.tremblant.com. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to have fun and meet people.

Posted to the web by Shane Evans

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