Health: Get on Board


Snowboard your way slim this winter

When the temperature is below freezing, it can be hard to motivate yourself to exercise. But instead of boycotting the wintry weather, hit the slopes. A day of snowboarding can burn up to 1,000 calories and sculpt a killer lower body.


When the temperature is below freezing, it can be hard to motivate yourself to exercise. But instead of boycotting the wintry weather, hit the slopes. A day of snowboarding can burn up to 1,000 calories and sculpt a killer lower body.

[sidebar]Snowboarding is a great workout for of all ages, says Timothy Burt, snow sports school director at Blue Mountain (about a 90-minute drive from the city) and 10-year veteran of boarding. The squat position needed to hold onto the board as you speed down the mountain works the quads, your shoulders and biceps will be aching from the effort used to heft yourself up off the packed snow — read: if it’s your first time you will fall more than board — and the balance necessary to keep you from wobbling over tests the core (aka, those flabby, winter-season abs that are dreading the sun and bikinis in oh, only a few more months). Afraid you’ll be a flop? Seek out some tips from a well-seasoned pro. “If you have a patient instructor, anybody can do it,” says Burt.

To prep yourself for the mountain and to keep that boarder’s bod in the off-season, try biking, Spinning and speed walking. These exercises help tone your leg muscles while also giving you cardio endurance for long treks down the mountain. And in order to stay balanced on the slippery slopes, head to a Pilates or yoga class. “When you have strong core balancing, everything follows after that,” says Burt.

And the more experienced you become, the better results you’ll see in your body. All those awesome spins and twists add up to one tiny little waist — something we’re all looking for.

Blue Mountain, 1660 Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton, 610-826-7700, skibluemt.com