4 great reasons to take up sledding

November 3, 2015

If sledding seems like it's only for children, think again. This favourite winter pastime offers plenty of benefits for the young and young-at-heart alike! Hoping to be more active this winter? Here are four great reasons why sledding should be part of your winter plans.

4 great reasons to take up sledding

1. Sledding offers a great workout

Without even realizing it, sledding can provide you with an excellent workout.

  • The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that adults get at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity every week to achieve any significant health benefits. Unfortunately, the majority of people don't even come close to this number.

How can sledding help?
Walking uphill through the snow delivers terrific cardiovascular benefits. It can also help to strengthen your muscles and bones.

  • The best part of this particular form of exercise? There's an awesome reward waiting at the end: a fun ride to the bottom of the hill!

2. It's cheaper than cheap

Sleds or toboggans don't cost very much at all, but if even a basic sled is out of your budget, plenty of household goods will suffice.

  • Garbage can lids and cookie sheets both effectively double as sleds.

As well, chances are that you know someone who already has a sled or toboggan, so you can always ask to borrow one from a friend, family member or neighbour.

  • Aside from the sled and whatever snow gear you may need, sledding is completely free.

Compared to other winter weather sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, sledding is truly the bargain of the season!

3. Sledding can lift your spirits

Humans need to be outside. Research has shown that those who are closer to nature are healthier across a variety of measures.

  • Being outside not only helps you to get essential vitamin D from the sun – crucial for fighting everything from cancer to obesity – but also offers an escape from the demands of living in a digital age.

A few hours in the fresh air and sunshine, disconnected from your smartphone and computer, can do wonders to ease stress and help lift your spirits.

4. It's a great way to spend time with family

It's becoming harder and harder for families to find time to spend together. That's why many families take a "divide-and-conquer" approach to enjoying winter activities.

  • Instead of all shooting off in different directions, sledding is a single activity that all family members can do together.
  • Whether your taste leans to baseball and video games or ballet and books, sledding is fun for everyone.

While "fun" may be the word you usually think of to describe sledding, it's far from the only reason. The next time it snows, don't resign yourself to staying inside all day. Instead, rally your family and get outside for some exhilarating sledding fun.

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