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.
- Strengthens lower body muscles
- Improves flexibility
- Engages core muscles
- Fills lungs with fresh air
- Burns calories
- 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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