10 Health Benefits of Snowboarding / 10 Bienfaits de la planche à neige

Did you know that just being outdoors helps reduce anxiety and stress?

Enjoying an outdoor sport helps cooping with long and cold season!

Do you enjoy being outdoors during winter time?

Do you practice a winter sport?

How about snowboarding?

I love snowboarding and been practicing this sports for twenty something years now! I first learned to ski at a very young age. Then, I have been introduced to snowboarding. I fell in love right away and never gone back to skiing!

Unlike skiing, snowboarding requires more from your body and mind. Focusing and concentrating on the changes of the slope and moving your body accordingly.

Snowboarding has many different health benefits.

10 health benefits of snowboarding

Snowboarding is good for your health

  1. Being outside, breathing cold air, getting uv rays
  2. Seeing people, developing relationships and bonding with others even if you are going to the mountain alone… you meet awesome people in the chairlifts!
  3. Moving your body and using major muscles groups
  4. Maintaining flexibility because you change direction and pace frequently
  5. Requiring good balance and coordination
  6. Using your core a lot
  7. Focusing and concentrating your attention, your mind
  8. Using your whole body and pacing your heart rate
  9. Releasing endorphins and making you happy
  10. Putting tension and weight on joints and bones and getting them stronger

Does these health benefits convince you to go out and do snowboarding? What is your winter sport?

In health,

Chantal


Savais-tu que le fait d’être à l’extérieur contribue à réduire l’anxiété et le stress?

Pratiquer un sport en plein air en hiver aide à apprécier cette longue et froide saison!

Aimes-tu être à l’extérieur pendant l’hiver?

Pratiques-tu un sport d’hiver?

Qu’en est-il du snowboard?

J’adore le snowboard et pratique ce sport depuis une vingtaine d’années maintenant! J’ai appris à skier très jeune. Ensuite, j’ai été initié au snowboard. Je suis tout de suite tombée amoureuse et je ne suis jamais retournée au ski!

Contrairement au ski, le snowboard exige plus de ton corps et de ton esprit.

Focalise-toi et concentre-toi sur les changements de la pente et bouge ton corps en conséquence.

Le snowboard a de nombreux avantages sur la santé.

10 avantages du snowboard pour ta santé

Le snowboard est bénéfique pour la santé

  1. Être dehors, respirer de l’air froid, profiter des rayons UV
  2. Voir des gens, développer des relations et créer des liens avec les autres, même si tu vas seul à la montagne … tu rencontres des gens formidables en télésiège!
  3. Déplacement de ton corps et utilisation de groupes de muscles importants
  4. Maintien de la flexibilité car tu changes fréquemment de direction et de cadence
  5. Requiert un bon équilibre et une bonne coordination
  6. Fait battre ton cœur davantage
  7. Focaliser et concentrer ton attention, ton esprit
  8. Utilisation de tout ton corps et stimulation de ta fréquence cardiaque
  9. Libérer des endorphines et te rendre heureux
  10. Mettre de la tension et du poids sur tes articulations et tes os et les rendre plus forts

Ces bienfaits pour la santé te convainquent-ils de faire du snowboard? Que pratiques-tu comme sport d’hiver?

Santé!

Chantal

Connect with nature / Être en lien avec la nature

It’s Sunday afternoon, beautiful sun, blue sky… the ideal time to go walk in nature. I live in the heart of the city of Liège in Belgium. There is not much greenery but I still find a way to go where there is some! While walking in the neighbouring nature, I enjoyed trees, bushes, lawn and historic ruins. I even talked and petted asses! Took a little stop at the playground to see and hear all these children have fun. So much happiness and joy!

No need to take out any money, to fly or even to take a car to enjoy the benefits that nature can bring. The neighborhood park is perfectly suited. Walking is already one. To watch, to touch and to breathe the trees, the bushes (if we were in summer, I would talk to you about the smell of the flowers!) is another. Watch those beautiful smiles, hear those laughs and screams, see these adults and kids play together. That is another blessing. All this brings a balm to the heart, an inner peace and happiness. Nature is the best for health and it’s free!

Bonus … While strolling, not realizing the time and steps that we took… 7.2km we traveled. We were refreshed, oxygenated! Hurrays for outings in nature!

In health,

Chantal

Dimanche après-midi, beau soleil, temps ideal pour aller marcher dans la nature. J’habite en plein coeur de la ville de Liège, en Belgique. Il n’y a pas beaucoup de verdure mais je trouve quand même le moyen d’aller là où il y en a! En se baladant dans la nature du quartier, j’ai profité des arbres, des buissons, de la pelouse et des ruines historiques. J’ai même parler et caresser des ânes! Un petit arrêt à la pleine de jeux pour voire et entendre tous ces enfants s’amuser. Quel bonheur!

Pas besoin de sortir des sous, de prendre l’avion ni même de prendre une voiture pour profiter des avantages que la nature peut apporter. Le parc du quartier convient tout à fait pour bénéficier des bienfaits sur la santé. Marcher en est déjà un. Regarder, toucher et respirer les arbres, les buissons (être en été je te parlerais de l’odeur des fleurs!) en est un autre. Regarder ces beaux sourires, entendre ces rires et ces cris, voir ces adultes et ces enfants jouer ensemble. Voilà encore un autre bienfait. Tout ça apporte un baume au coeur, une paix intérieure et un bonheur simple. La nature est ce qu’il y a de mieux pour la santé et c’est gratuit!

Bonus… Tout en se baladant, ne se rendant pas compte du temps et des pas que l’on fait… 7,2km on été parcourus. On en est ressourcé, oxygéné! Vive les sorties en nature!

Santé!

Chantal

Walk into Health

This simple habit can trigger anti-aging process. Just 20 minutes or 10 000 steps a day is a great way to maintain a “healthy lifestyle”.

Every time you can walk instead of using your car, do it for yourself and for the environment!

Every time you can use the stairs instead of the escalators or the elevators, go for it!

With or without snow.

With a purpose or not. Walk!

Mostly because we have sedentary lifestyles working indoors and sitting all day, walking is a smart choice for a healthy lifestyle. That is why you should choose to go to work walking. Go to your grocery store and drop your kids to school, all by foot. If you really can’t because of distances, within your office, take the stairs, on your break, go outside, walk, and get some “vitamin” sun. Every opportunity of walking should be invested in!

We chose to live downtown so we are able to do everything by foot. Groceries, school, kids activities, restaurants. We walk to every destination we have. Even with the kids. They are now used to it and walk a great pace and reasonable distances without difficulties.

Walking has additional benefit to your mood. Walking triggers your endorphins. The more steps I take during a day, the better my mood tends to be! Try it and tell me if you felt it too!

For beginners, walk at a comfortable pace and work gradually on increasing your pace and distance. To help you count your daily steps and kilometres, there are even a few apps you can upload on your phone.

Surely, it should be added to you daily exercise routine. Personally, I don’t even consider walking an exercise.

It’s a way of life, a healthy life!

In health,

Chantal

Pilates, stretching and muscles

I had a lower back problem for many years.

Debilitating hernia that led me to stay a few weeks in bed not able to move. At twenty something of age, it’s not a life.

Once moving, I was followed by osteopaths and chiropractors improving my situation. No operation, no infiltration.

But it is only when I started Pilates exercises that I felt real improvements. And in the long term (I have been doing pilates for at least 10 years now) I can affirm it is the best form of exercise for this kind of problem.

Strengthening my core, stretching my thighs and toning pelvic and abdominal muscles (all part of pilates technique) has done miracles!

Since I do pilates exercises at lease 4 times a week for 30 to 45 min each, my body’s in shape.

But… it’s still a weakness and it has to be maintained / strengthen.

I spent a 6 week summer vacation without doing any pilates, just swim and play around with my kids. It is only at the end of those weeks that I felt that my lower back still has a weakness.

I travel by plane a few times per year and let me tell you that after sitting in an airplane for 7 to 8 hours is also a reminder.

Not moving, sitting long periods of time and mostly not having kept tonus of my core for 6 weeks… Not a good thing!

But you know what? I just love doing pilates ❤️ The feeling it gives me afterwards is so great that I no longer skip a moment to do at least some of the exercises.

Pilates is part of my routine, it’s part of my life, it’s part of my lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle. Chantal’s healthy lifestyle.