There are plenty of reasons that people love to ski, but who would have thought that it may also have an unexpected advantage to your mental health.
That’s right, a new study says that hitting the slopes may help your anxiety levels!
The recent study, published in the Frontiers in Psychiatry, found that skiers had a nearly 60% lower risk of getting diagnosed with anxiety disorders – compared to non-skiers.
The authors looked at 197,685 Swedish people who participated in Vasaloppet – the world’s largest long-distance ski race (56 miles) – between 1989 and 2010 and compared them to non-skiers. Then continued to monitor them over a 10-year follow-up period.
Overall, skiers had a 60% lower risk of getting diagnosed with anxiety disorders – regardless of education level, age, and sex.
The findings of the study do make a lot of sense considering we already know that exercise can be a mental distraction from worrisome thoughts and gets those all-important endorphins flowing.