Skiing and snowboarding are not just fun sports but they come with great health benefits. The good news is skiing and snowboarding is covered by most travel health insurance.

⛷ 6 health benefits of skiing & snowboarding

Alpine skiing is a mix of resistance and endurance training. It also has positive effects on the heart and circulation, as well as peripheral muscles, says Dr. Josef Niebauer, a professor of sports medicine and cardiology and director of the Institute for Molecular Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine at Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria.

  1. Strengthens lower body muscles
  2. Improves flexibility
  3. Engages core muscles
  4. Fills lungs with fresh air
  5. Burns calories
  6. Boosts the mood

It is possible, that skiing also has a positive impact on arterial stiffness, which is a risk factor for heart disease and Alzheimer`s.

Dr. Niebauer sums it up, Alpine skiing comes with

  • Cardio-metabolic benefits, including improved insulin resistance
  • Body composition, and glucose metabolism
  • A drop in blood pressure, blood lipids, and heart rate

🌱 Health insurance cover

Most international health insurance cover skiing accidents. Also, the transport costs to the hospital or your home country are covered. Our insurance expert's advice is to wear a helmet and be careful. And definitely get a health insurance plan that covers you during the skiing season.

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