Winter sports can quickly turn from something you tried on vacation to a long-term passion.
There's a ton of popular ones today to give a try, with snowboarding and skiing as the clearcut favorites. Adapting your body takes a good adjustment period of trying and failing before you're start feeling comfortable on the slopes. Fortunately, there's routes you can go to get the best equipment, guidance, and natural support.
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Today, our team at Troomy took a deep dive on what really sets them apart, how to get started, and what you're going to be looking at cost-wise. Additionally, we've explored implementing adaptogenic mushrooms into the mix to create a simplified route to learning the sport as well.
What to Know When Choosing Between Snowboarding and Skiing
Both are going to have a learning curve. However, skiing gets much steeper after the first few days of getting started. Most athletes have a bit more trouble getting the hang of skiing due to the advanced movement, balance components, and more.
Think of the two as being opposite sides of a coin. On one side, you have the learning curve favoring snowboarding as an easier winter sport to get the basics down on. The other side has skiing, which might be a bit harder of the bat, but has a really high skill ceiling.
Overall, though, really depends on the person. Some might take to snowboarding quicker, while others go to skiing. A major hurdle you're going to run in with both routes? FALLING.
Fatigue and Falling
On the flip side of that coin, snowboarding's going to have a LOT of falling. Since the board is more narrow and you have just the one piece to stand on, keeping your balance is a lot more difficult.
Take this into account as well. If you're planning on going to the snow for the first time and just want to try a winter sport, snowboarding might be the better option. You can get some experience, see if it's for you, and get some time out on the slopes with family.
However, if you live nearby and are committing upfront with a season pass or something along those lines, you might want to give skiing a try first. It's more trying early on, granted. But once you get it, the skill ceiling is very high.
Bottom Line: Determine Your Mindset
All of these components will impact which sport you start with. However, the mindset you enter with will determine your success with both. A completely inexperienced athlete can become an outstanding skier or snowboarder quickly with the right work ethic and effort. That's where mindset can really set you apart.
Building the Right Mindset for Winter Sports
Fail, Fail, Fail Some More
Regardless of your background in other sports and activities, you should expect to struggle on the slopes. It's a high-skill activity that takes time to adapt to. Especially if you're walking in with minimal experience in extreme sports.
What Sports Do I Have Experience in Already?
Fortunately, both of these have easily transferrable skills. For example, if you skate a ton, snowboarding might come a bit more naturally to you.
The same goes for water skiers taking their talents to the slopes. It's a bit different terrain wise, but the balance strategies you've learned will carry over well if you get started with skiing.
However, previous experience shouldn't determine which one you choose. It can help, but go for the one that's calling you.
Understand How Important Habits Are
Building habits are instilled in every skill. How you practice is more important than how often you practice. Say you go five days in a row but never once practice the right fundamentals. You're going to have these poor habits engrained in you that are going to be hard to shake.
Make sure you take this into account when you're starting out, especially with skiing. Taking what's easy is something most skiers are prone to doing early on, instead of learning the skill the right way.
Seasonal Skill Building
One of the toughest parts of trying either of the two sports is the nature of them being seasonal. You might only get a few days out there each season, and chances are, it's going to be crowded.
With both skiing and snowboarding, you really have to make your time count. This is a great place where adaptogenic mushrooms can come into play with reliable support in your experience.
What are Medicinal Mushrooms, and How Do They Impact Winter Sports?
Adaptogenic mushrooms is a fancy phrase for the top-performing mushroom species found today. Only a handful are considered "adaptogenic," and they're pretty tough to find in your everyday grocery store.
Your best bet is counting on Lion's Mane, Cordyceps, and Reishi as your core adaptogenic mushrooms. If you're looking to learn more about them and what makes them impactful, you can check them out here.
Highly Nutritious, Low in Calories
If you're watching your calorie intake, you don't have anything to worry about with adaptogenic mushrooms. These little babies are healthy additions to any diet and considered superfoods for elevating the value of your diet.
As for winter sports, this natural nutrition support has vital proteins, vitamins, and more that will help you get one or two more runs in than anyone else. Additionally, these components will help combat fatigue as you have falls and extended runs that push your limits.
Immune System Support
Feeling rundown can really crush the fun of a trip fast. Especially if you aren't feeling your best for days on end, it's going to be hard to keep your progress consistent when you are less than 100% yourself.
Adaptogenic mushrooms offer strong support properties for keeping your immune system in peak performance. This helps you deal with the inclement weather with ease and make the most out of your trips up the hill.
Supporting Properties of Adaptogenic Mushrooms for Winter Sports
Elevating your focus is crucial for getting those first steps down. You wan't to be on your A-game to avoid crashes and keep yourself from fatiguing faster through falls.
Most adaptogenic mushrooms are linked to strong exercise recovery. Cordyceps and Lion's Mane in particular are perfect pairings for these goals, and could support your learning by increasing how many runs you can get in consistently.
Calm and Relaxation
Getting through anxiety and stress on a new hill or trying the sport altogether can really hurt your chances of improving. It can jam you into a box and make progression feel a lot slower, be less rewarding, and also turn you away from the process.
Adaptogenic mushrooms support getting through those feelings and finding calm when you're on the mountain.Take reishi mushrooms, for example. Reishi is an adaptogenic mushroom that has particularly strong anxiety-reduction properties linked to it.
How Can I Get Mushrooms on the Slopes?
Cooking Raw Mushrooms in Meals
These are great if you have the time to bring some along and cook meals. On top of being strong nutritionally, their taste is a good palette cleanser as well.
The only tough part is the added prep time and cost that these forms of mushrooms will boost up. You're going to have to account heavily in your day to make these recipes work.
Powder Mushroom Supplements
If you're having shakes or juicing already, tossing a mushroom powder supplement in should be easy. You'll barely notice the scoop you toss in and get the same vitamins and nutrients in a much more simplified way.
Mushroom gummies are the simplest of the three. You can grab the same nutritional support from adaptogenic mushrooms with zero prep time. No meal planning, no juicing. Just a handful of gummies and you're off.
Why Mushroom Gummies?
Mushroom gummies are often blasts of fruity goodness that you'd never guess have functionally-supportive mushrooms in them. At Troomy, our flavors have some of the most delicious natural flavors you'll find, like "Starburst on steroids," as some of our reviews have said.
Getting an energy boost before you get out there can be tough without looking to coffee, energy drinks, or other similar high-caffeine beverages.
High Impact, Low Calories/Sugars
One of the frustrating parts of eating full mushrooms is their bulk. They quickly can encumber a meal and your diet as a whole. Even though they are low in calories, they can get to be super filling. Gummies are perfect for the most minimal adjustment to your diet. You'll get the vitamins, minerals, and more without any of the hassle.
On top of having a ton of versatility with different blends, each gummy blend focuses on a need rather than general health and wellness. Say you're having trouble sleeping after skiing all day, for example. Mushroom gummies are crafted to target needs like sleep and support you feeling rested all day, as well as recover overnight. But that's not all. Since there are so many different adaptogenic mushrooms to utilize today, all kinds of blends are becoming available.
Luckily, it's easier than ever to get started.
Get Started With Troomy Nootropics Today!
Today, skiing and snowboarding are both a ton of fun to give a try. It'll really come down to preference of what you're looking for in the experience, how much you're willing to commit to getting better, and the one that calls to you most.
On top of having a great experience out on the slopes, our team at Troomy has a five-star lineup of adaptogenic mushroom gummies to support boosting your performance and getting more out of your winter sports experience.
Overall, there's no time like the present. Start finding your "True Me" today with Troomy Noootropics! We'll see you out on the slopes!