LoveYourBrain Tip: Snowshoe

SNOWSHOE

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BRAIN HEALTH | 1.28.2018 | BY SHILO ZELLER, BSc.

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As you may have read in previous tips, maintaining good cardiovascular health encourages neurogenesis in your brain and helps you lead a healthier lifestyle. Snowshoeing is an exceptional way to build your cardiovascular fitness while enjoying the great outdoors!

Snowshoeing is an easily mastered skill that can be as easy or as hard as you’d like. A study conducted at the University of Vermont showed that snowshoeing can burn twice the number of calories as walking and is a low impact sport, which means your joints will thank you! The research also found that since snowshoeing utilizes major muscle groups (and is in colder weather), it is considered a high-energy activity.

Further to that, the outdoors does wonders for your brain. Being outside improves attention, memory, and creativity. During the winter months, it’s especially hard to maintain a healthy level of Vitamin D, which plays a huge role in our mood. Spending time in the sunlight can boost levels which can improve your mood and stave off symptoms of depression. Being outside can also help us feel connected to the world around us, which is important during these isolating winter months.

Thankfully, snowshoeing is a relatively inexpensive sport to partake in. However, if you’re not near snow or are unable to find snowshoes in your area, try taking a short walk in nature and reap the benefits of the outdoors.