Forget the Atkins Diet – Try the Prima Diet
It’s more challenging. It demands good technique. It separates you from the masses. It really is more fun. But in addition to all these, and more, there’s another good reason to ski the bumps – it burns more calories.
According to statistics provided by the Ski Industries of America Trade Group, a 130-pound person skiing downhill with light effort (i.e., probably cruising a green), burns 295 calories per hour.
But take that skier onto the bumps, which require “vigorous effort,” and he or she will burn 472 calories per hour. A heavier person will burn even more. But that doesn’t include time on the lift, so you have to calculate your calories accordingly.
If it’s not too crowded, a bumper can easily ski three Prima-Prontos per hour. That allows for 10 minutes each time waiting for and riding the lift, and 10 minutes of non-stop skiing. So, to burn those 472 calories, it would take six Prima-Prontos, or about two hours.
Consider that you would easily have time to ski 12 Prima-Prontos in a day -finishing it off with a Log Chute, of course, for a few extra calories and a proper PPL). By the end of this day, you will have burned close to 1,000 calories on the bumps, not to mention the extras burned by keeping warm on the lift.
But whether you’re a cruiser or a bumper, skiing has plenty of other fitness benefits, too. It’s just that with bumping they’re more so.
However, all downhill skiing is both anaerobic – when it requires short bursts of speed or exertion – and aerobic – because it raises and maintains your heart rate at a high level for the duration of your run. Obviously, it also increases the strength of your hamstrings and quadriceps, as well as your abdominal muscles (for posture and balance) and triceps (for poling).
With these credentials, you’d think everyone in all the gyms and workout and diet centers would come streaming out onto the hill. Which brings it all back to the first paragraph.
It’s more challenging. It demands good technique. It separates you from the masses. And, as if Prima itself weren’t too much fun, think of how you can bliss out spending those extra 1,000 calories.
Elizabeth Eber is an award-winning freelance writer who lives in Vail.
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