Depression: Any sport that requires physical skill has long been recognized as helping seniors overcome clinical depression. This is especially true of those sports that are noncompetitive, where there’s no “loser” and no “winner.” Skiing is cited by Dr. Johnson as “amazingly effective” in preventing depression.

Memory: Skiing fosters clearer thinking and faster reaction time, as does any active sport or regular exercise. Dr. Johnson says that even brief periods of skiing can result in immediate memory improvement in older adults.

Osteoporosis: At any age exercise and physical activity increase the density of bones and reduce the risk of fracture. It’s not the exuberant 70-

year-old woman skiing down the slopes of Grand Targhee who’ll break her leg in a fall. It’s more apt to be her lethargic sister, falling when she gets up to change movies on the VCR.

Diabetes: Those physically active are less likely to develop it after 50.

Immunity: Exercise at any age aids the circulation of the immune cells that fight infections. The physically energetic catch fewer colds. It’s their friends sitting in stuffy offices while the wind and snow blow outside who have the stuffy noses or the flu.

Arthritis: Over j55 this is common to almost everyone. Both general and stretching exercises and physical activities can reduce pain.

Sleep: It doesn’t take a corps of researchers to knows that after a good day on the mountains, the weary senior falls asleep more quickly and

enjoys better-quality sleep than his sedentary friend hunched in a chair watching television.

Love: Whether it’s because skiing raises the testosterone level in men, or because the wind in their hair stirs romantic thoughts in women, senior skiers are as renowned as their younger mountain counterparts for their passionate desire for passion. C’est la vie!

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