Snowmobiling helps maintain sound physical and mental health, says study

Snowmobiling helps maintain sound physical and mental health, says study

Winter is that time of the year when it becomes almost impossible to stay active or indulge in enough physical workout. Due to limited mobility and other constraints owing to the weather, people tend to develop a range of negative feelings. However, researchers have come up with a solution for maintaining good mental and physical condition.

An unpublished study by the University of Guelph has found that snowmobiling can be an interesting way to maintain a balanced lifestyle by covering up the required physical time. Based on the findings, the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO) announced the benefits of indulging in recreational snowmobiling. Though often underestimated, the above announcement will encourage more people to engage in snowmobiling.

Snowmobiling as good as any other winter activity

Besides fresh air and the opportunity to hang out with loved ones, snowmobiling assists in developing effective coping mechanisms and health. This keeps both psychiatric and physical disorders at bay. Considering the advantages of moderate to vigorous physical activities, the physical demands of snowmobiling that included both cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal aspects were examined. The role of the activity’s location in determining physical demands was also evaluated.

For understanding the effectiveness of snowmobiling, the results of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Compendium of Physical Activities were compared with the results of the above-mentioned study. It was found that the moderate intensity activities range between 3 and 6 metabolic equivalent (MET) and snowmobiling fell under the same category. The unit of MET represents the amount of energy required to maintain human function while sitting or lying awake at rest.

While the average MET for groomed trail riding was almost 4, mountain riding scored around 7 METs. Based on the scores of all winter activities, snowmobiling can be classified in the same category as chopping wood, snow shoveling and recreational ice-skating.

The study is helping people understand that snowmobiling is an excellent way to alleviate depression and prevent any chronic health conditions. Therefore, there is no two opinions about the fact that snowmobiling is good for the holistic development of a person, both mentally and physically.

Regular workout essential for beating winter blues

Though many love winter, there are a few who get severely affected by overwhelming emotions during this season. One of the problems commonly witnessed during winter is seasonal affective disorder (SAD), commonly known as winter depression.

Caused majorly due to the lack of sunlight and chemical imbalances in the brain that negatively affect neurotransmitters responsible for regulating mood, SAD can be identified by a number of symptoms, such as anxiety, sadness, irritability, social withdrawal, fatigue and lack of concentration.

A good mental health is essential to lead a healthy life. Therefore, it is important to make sure that one takes preventive measures and avoid the risk of developing any negative mental health symptoms. Some of the simple ways to do so are as follows:

  • Increasing exposure to the sunlight.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Adopting newer ways to stay healthy, such as joining a gym, planning a new workout routine, etc.
  • Getting plenty of sleep.

If there is someone you know who is dealing with any form of mental illness and looking for treatment, contact the Florida Mental Health Helpline. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-846-5588 or chat online with our counselors to know about some of the best treatment for mental disorders in Florida.