Health Benefits of Skiing and Snowboarding

Health Benefits of Skiing and Snowboarding

January 20, 2022

Winter is the perfect time to engage in some heart-healthy exercise and the time to take action is now, there is no need to hibernate this season. Winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and skating offer beautiful scenery, are a fun way to get outdoors and come with some amazing health benefits! 


Great Cardiovascular Workout: There is no better way to get your heart rate up and a great cardiovascular workout than skiing and snowboarding. For beginners, learning the principles of winter sports can be a great workout and for more advanced the steeper the slope, the more challenging it is as your body is working harder to keep balanced. So when in doubt go for those black diamonds to increase that cardio and get your heart racing (just kidding…or not!). 


Strengthens Core & Lower Body Muscles: Skiing and boarding heavily target the lower body as you’re naturally in a squat position and rely on quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. Your feet and ankles are working and remain engaged to help steer your board and maintain balance. Keeping the body upright on skis requires balancing skills and focus; by having to stay balanced this forces the core muscles to engage and improve overall strength.


Improves Flexibility: Your flexibility is constantly improving when skiing and snowboarding as the body is constantly moving and changing direction frequently. Just like any sport, remember that it’s important to develop a stretching routine both prior to your day on the slopes and after to reduce your chance of injury. If you need any assistance come and see our Practicing Kinesiologists or join our MoveWell Community for great stretch and mobility exercises. 


Improves Mood: Getting outside and exercising during the winter months has been proven to increase the production of endorphins, which can create feelings of relief and overall happiness. You can also greatly benefit from a dose of vitamin-D when in the mountains and above the clouds. And who’s to argue that a little apres after a day of winter sports doesn’t boost your mood a little too! 


If you’re debating whether to get up during the week or weekend, just do it! There’s plenty of winter sports to enjoy and this is the perfect time to enjoy it and take it all in.

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[OLD] Sizing Charts

FOOTWEAR:

European Sizing chart conversion:

*Please note that these conversion charts serve as a general guideline, actual fitting may vary by style.

Women’s

US

4.5-5

5.5-6

6.5-7

7.5-8

8.5-9

9.5-10

10.5-11

11.5-12

12.5-13

EU

35

36

37

38

39

40

41

42

43

 

Men’s

US

7.5-8

8.5-9

9.5-10

10.5-11

11.5-12

12.5-13

13.5-14

14.5-15

EU

41

42

43

44

45

46

47

48

 

SOCKS :

Sockwell

Brooks

Sock Size

US Men's Shoe Size

US Women's Shoe Size

Euro Shoe Size

Small

 

4 - 6.5

34 - 37

Medium

6 - 8.5

7 - 9.5

38 - 41

Large

9 - 11.5

10 - 12.5

42 - 45

XL

12 - 14.5

 

46 - 49


ANKLE BRACES:

 

Bauerfeind

 

Professional Orthopedic Products (POP)

  

DJO - Roboboots – Short and Tall

SHOE SIZE MEN

SHOE SIZE WOMEN

SIZE

Up to 4

Up to 5

XS

4 - 7

5 - 8

S

7 - 10

8 - 11

M

10 - 13

11 - 15

L

13+

15+

XL

 

 

 

DJO- Aircast Airsport

DESCRIPTION

MEN

WOMEN

SIZE

Left

Up to 5

Up to 5

X-Small

Right

Up to 5

Up to 5

X-Small

Left

5.5 - 7

5.5 - 8.5

Small

Right

5.5 - 7

5.5 - 8.5

Small

Left

7.5 - 11

9 - 12.5

Medium

Right

7.5 - 11

9 - 12.5

Medium

Left

11.5 - 13

13 - 14.5

Large

Right

11.5 - 13

13 - 14.5

Large

Left

13.5 +

15 +

X-Large

Right

13.5 +

15 +

X-Large

  

KNEE BRACES:

 

Bauerfeind

 

 

 

Ossur

Size

Circumference*

*Circumference measured 6” above mid-patella

XSmall

11.5" (29cm) to 13.75" (35cm)

Small

13.75" (35cm) to 16" (41cm)

Medium

16" (41cm) to 18" (46cm)

Large

18" (46cm) to 20.5" (52cm)

XLarge

20.5" (52cm) to 22.5" (57cm)

XXLarge

22.5" (57cm) to 24.75" (63cm)

XXXLarge

24.75" (63cm) to 28.5" (72cm)

XXXXLarge

28.5" (72cm) to 32" (81cm)

 

DJO

*Measurements taken 6” above mid-patella

SIZE

MEASUREMENT

XS/S

13" - 18.5" (33 - 47 cm)

M/L

18.5" - 23.5" (47 - 60 cm)

XL/XXL

23.5" - 29.5" (60 - 75 cm)

XXXL

29.5" - 31" (75 - 79 cm)


 

ELBOW BRACES:

Bauerfeind

 

 

HAND BRACES:

 

Professional Orthopedic Products (POP)

 

Size

Wrist Circ.

X-Small

4 ¾" - 5 ½"

Small

5 ½" - 6 ¼"

Medium

6 ¼" - 7"

Large

7" - 7 ¾"

X-Large

7 ¾" - 8 ½"


 

Orliman (thumb brace)

 

Size

Wrist

Circumference

in CM   (A)

 

Length

in CM   (B)

Small

14 - 18

11

Large

18 - 22

13