Research shows that physical exercise builds up your muscles and your brain.
Good news for skiers: A University of Illinois study suggests that exercise strengthens more than your muscles. It also promotes brain growth. Data collected from the study shows mice that ran increased their brain’s capacity to learn and retain memories while mice that ate well but didn’t exercise did not see brain growth. What does this mean for skiers?
After a decade of experts hammering at us, we get the message: Core is King. What we sometimes miss is that the key, especially for skiers, is not so much core strength, as it is core stability. A crunch uses your abs to move another body part; skiing uses your abs to stabilize your body so a different muscle can do its thing.
Hey, desk potatoes: Little lifestyle changes can add up.
As far as fitness goes, it seems that a little can go a long way. No one is disputing the benefits of nailing nonstop runs on the Hobacks (kind of like running a marathon on snow). But recent data indicates that a little action in the day-to-day grind can lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Easy lifestyle changes can do a lot of heavy lifting: Take the stairs. Park in the outer stretches of the lot. Push away from your keyboard and take a walk outside your office for a quick break a few times a day.
Good news for procrastinators, the overworked and the overbooked—kind of.
We’re not sure if this helps or hurts us in our quest (ok, often a battle) to stay fit, but recent research seems to indicate that you don’t need to grind it out daily to get in shape—if you’re willing to pump up the intensity of your workouts. The magic, according to scientists, is in interval training, where you push yourself to max effort and heart rate for shorter bursts of time. Now, if you use this news as a handy excuse to cut back on your workout schedule but never follow through with the whole interval thing—yeah, that’s a trap we’re also trying to avoid.
Paraplegic skier Josh Dueck amazes and inspires by landing the first-ever sit-ski backflip.
Freeskier Josh Dueck was only 23 years old when he overshot a front flip off a jump at Silver Star, B.C., his home mountain, in 2004. He came to in the hospital to find that he was paralyzed from the waist down, never to ski—traditionally, at least—again. But that wouldn't stop him. Not even close. Nine months later Dueck was back on the slopes in a sit-ski, which he called his freedom chair.
Or why skiing and spicy food have the same effect on your brain.
Since early season snow took the “Turquoise Trail” into New Mexico, those headed in and around the Land of Enchantment this winter should know what else to look for aside from the white stuff: the red and green. Ski areas like Taos might give this state recognition, but its spicy chile peppers are what makes it famous. Let’s take a peek at what makes chiles and their brightly colored sauces so addictive, and the ski town spots to find the tastiest dishes.