Ski or board for proven New Year’s fitness motivation

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 9, 2009 9:22 am

The American College of Sports Medicine released a paper today on proven ways to stay motivated (to exercise) for the upcoming New Year. Here are a few methods to sticking with your fitness regime–on the slopes or off.

 >>Get Regular: According to a study in ACSM’s official journal, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, researchers found that those who performed regular, moderate exercise (even 30 minutes of walking per day) boosted mood and reduced body weight. A better way to get that 30 minutes? Three runs at your favorite ski and snowboard resort. Seriously, one day of skiing or riding can go a long way toward stress reduction and overall health, and feeling good is perhaps the best motivation of all.

>>Know Your Reasons: Research showed that men and women exercise for different reasons. A study of 83 men and women found that men work out to improve their physique while women exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Both genders, however, experienced similar levels of healthy exercise “addiction.”

Perhaps a bluebird powder day—however you cut it—is another reason to stick to fitness.

>>Get Competitive: Try a NASTAR course or race your friends. One ACSM study showed that motivation to be physically active was higher when sports were involved. Like we said—powder, bluebird skies, and a heathy dose of competition. Reward yourselves with a cold beer. The winner gets two.