Improving your cardiovascular system means elevating your heart rate which increases blood circulation, bringing more nutrients and oxygen to your tissues and helping to remove waste from the body more quickly.Working out in this way also means your muscles are able to draw in more oxygen and blood which produces more capillaries and allows your muscles to expand, and, in turn, burn up calories more quickly.Betony Garner of the Ski Club of Great Britain believes skiing for just half an hour without stopping is a good cardiovascular workout.
' ________________________________________WORKS YOUR MUSCLESAlthough skiing exercises all our major muscle groups, it particularly targets the inner and outer thighs, hamstrings and buttock muscles - thanks to the crouching position that skiing involves.
Warming up and down for ten minutes before and after skiing will help prevent muscle soreness and potential injuries by lengthening your muscle fibres.
The best way to make sure you are stretching properly is to do a lower leg, hamstring, thigh, lower back, upper back and arm stretch and hold it in the position for 40 seconds.
Skiing also stretches your upper and lower arms, says Corinne Thompson of the gym chain David Lloyd's.
If you've already booked a skiing holiday this year, you are probably looking forward to perfecting your technique on the piste and catching a sun-kissed glow.
But did you know your skiing holiday can provide plenty of health benefits too?
Apart from burning up to 3,000 calories during six hours of skiing, you can lose up to five pounds of weight in a week, tone your stomach muscles, boost your immunity and even relieve depression!
To help you get the best out of your skiing holiday, we present the seven health benefits of the sport TONES YOUR STOMACH MUSCLESThe art of skiing is to keep yourself steady on the slippery slope.
To help balance yourself, you naturally engage your core stability muscles - the sheath of deep muscle that starts either side of your spine and runs around your body, ending up in your pelvic region.