The Health Benefits of Water Skiing


Do you love the water, going to the beach, or surfing? If so, you might love water skiing too! Not only is water skiing super fun, but there’s also a healthy adrenaline rush, similar to surfing and kitesurfing. Whether you’ve never tried it or you’re a seasoned professional, we’ve compiled this list of health benefits of water skiing to feed your curiosities!

  • Muscle Toning: There’s a misconception that water skiing is all about the lower body, but it’s simply not true. Water skiing uses every muscle in your body! It develops your posture, your shoulders, and your arms become quite strong in order to hold on to the rope.
  • Increased Balance and Core Strength: Getting up on the skis- and staying up- require you to develop both your balance and core strength. You have to have a lot of strength to prevent the waves from sweeping you away!
  • Resistance Training: Water skiing forces you to hold yourself up and keep going using resistance. It works core muscles, arm muscles, leg muscles, and all the muscles around them. It’s also a lot safer than using free weights which can strain your muscles.
  • Easy on the Joints: Water skiing uses just about every muscle in the body without wearing down joints because it’s all body weight resistance in free range of motion.
  • Promotes Strong Legs: Tones up your legs fast. They absorb the energy of crossing the bumpy wake behind the boat, control your direction and are bent in a half-squat throughout, giving you particularly strong quads.
  • Meditative Aspect: Being on the water, much like in sailing, can have a calming effect on the mind and forces you to focus on the task at hand, forgetting about the day to day stresses and worries. Not to mention that the endorphins from being active will keep you happy and healthy!
  • Calorie Burning: an hour session on water skis can burn about 400 calories.
  • Overall Health: As with all forms of physical exercise, water skiing can reduce or eliminate your risk for many health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. It can also reduce your risk for coronary heart disease by reducing your triglyceride levels and increasing your good cholesterol.


  1. While the article has some truth I am constantly surprised of health blogs using the word TONED there is no such thing. You either build muscle or loose it. Your DNA dictates how your muscles are defined IE length and bulk. Also did not agree with easy on joints as professional waterskier knows the injuries that add up over the years are not easy on the joints. Is water skiing healthy of course it is but skiing at the level of which they speak in short duration all out effort which is like Hit in that you start out in the ATP PCR pathway and finish in the Oxadative pathway is not for everyone. (Example Slalom ) Balance and core work are key. Just my thoughts ski ya later

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