Fitness
Moderators: melkor


Is skiing exercise?


Quote  |  Reply

I love to ski.  My husband and I are pretty obsessed about it; we've been skiing for about 6 years now.  I know what my opinion is about skiing being exercise, based on the readings from my heart rate monitor, but I tend to get conversations that go like this:

Other person: "What did you do yesterday?"

Me: "I went skiing for 6 hours."

Other person: "Well, that's not a big deal. Skiing isn't real exercise."

 

So, poll: Who thinks that skiing is/isn't real exercise?

15 Replies (last)

Skiing is definitely real exercise. I went for the first time in years last week, and my muscles got quite the workout! My legs were burning! I would be shocked if CC didn't have a calorie burning equivalent for skiing, did you check?

Of course it is!

Moderate effort -459 cal per hour 

Is skiing exercise?

depends how fit you are and how aggressively you do it.  but then, the same can be said of any exercise.

What kind of skiing, downhill or cross country? I wouldn't really put downhil skiing in to moderate effort group.

#6  
Quote  |  Reply

According to my heart rate monitor, I burn about 600 cal/hour skiing moderately (what I consider moderate, anyway.)   Last weekend, we were at Whistler and we burned about 3800 calories a day (about 6 hours of moderate/intense skiing with some breaks).  Which is why I'm always so shocked when people consider it a lazy activity.  My heartrate gets pretty high on some of those runs!

 

I know that cross-country is considered better exercise than downhill, but I think people don't realize how much effort it can take to carve down a steep hill.  Your quads can really start burning!

Everything is considered exercising, even walking.

#8  
Quote  |  Reply

When I log my snowboarding I usually figure that if I am on the hill for 3 hours about 2/3 of that is sitting on my butt on the lift. I would log about 1 hour in that instance. I totally disagree with anyone who says that downhill skiing/snowboarding is not exercise. If you think I am wrong come out with me some time and see how you legs feel when I am done with you. :-)

WHAT??  The person who told you skiing isn't real exercise  needs to go out with cgreenlaw.  Gees. First off you are using basically every muscle in your body, including your heart.  You are out in the fresh, COLD, air which is good for your lungs, not to mention you are burning extra calories trying to keep your body warm, And the most important point is, you are doing something you LOVE.  Isn't that what life is supposed to be about?  I am jealous!! I would glady give up my treadmill for the slopes! 

Original Post by knitterlyn:

According to my heart rate monitor, I burn about 600 cal/hour skiing moderately (what I consider moderate, anyway.)   Last weekend, we were at Whistler and we burned about 3800 calories a day (about 6 hours of moderate/intense skiing with some breaks).  Which is why I'm always so shocked when people consider it a lazy activity.  My heartrate gets pretty high on some of those runs!

 

I know that cross-country is considered better exercise than downhill, but I think people don't realize how much effort it can take to carve down a steep hill.  Your quads can really start burning!

My heart rate would skyrocket too...out of sheer terror!

  Other Person is clearly on drugs Tongue out

 If skiiing isn't exercise, then cross-country skiers wouldn't have the highest VOmax'es of all athletes. And downhill skiers have fantastic leg strength - not so much with the VOmax as cross-country, but definitely increased capacity.

 'course, Other Person could be thinking that "Exercise=boring, Skiing = fun, therefore, Skiing != exercise" - bah to that; exercise that is fun to do is always better than exercise that is boring ;)

If you don't do it in a gym, it's not exercise, duh.

I hate when people say that certain things aren't exercise. My doctor told me the other day that walking isn't exercise...what?!

I'm happy for you that you found such a great exercise that you enjoy so much! If only we all could be as lucky ^_^

Original Post by floggingsully:

If you don't do it in a gym, it's not exercise, duh.

Ahaha...I'm totally going to have sex in the gym from now on, to validate my calories burned as (s)exercise!

 

I love to ski but living in Ontario on the flats with the only decent hill 2 hours away I don't get out much - but my legs let me know I have been working out.  And I defintely find my pants fit differently after a day - and way different after a long weekend of skiing - you forget that your core gets a great work out too not just your legs.

15 Replies
Advertisement
Advertisement
Allergy Remedies
Is It Possible to Go Natural?
The side effects of allergy medications keep some people from using them. Natural remedies can be a great alternative, but some are more effective than others.