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Jan 13, 2016

Ski tips


If you are considering spending some time on the slopes this year then it is vital you take some preparation steps early. Physical condition goes a long way to whether you can truly appreciate your break, without this you could be tired, achy and struggling to maximise your trip. Skiing leaves you both physically and mentally drained and feeling fatigued at times.

 


If you are considering spending some time on the slopes this year then it is vital you take some preparation steps early. Physical condition goes a long way to whether you can truly appreciate your break, without this you could be tired, achy and struggling to maximise your trip. Skiing leaves you both physically and mentally drained and feeling fatigued at times.

Here are some tips to keep you fully active and make the most of your journey:

Cardio – make your heart work for you

A big risk to skiers is fatigue leading to injuries. By working on your cardiovascular fitness prior to leaving you will help your body later in the skiing day which is when most people report their injuries occur. Dedicate a few weeks beforehand, for only 30-40 minutes a day to work on your cardio, the results will mean longer skiing and more value for money. You don’t have to hit the gym a brisk 30-40 minute walk is a good simple way to get your heart rate and cardio vascular system working.

 

Leg strengthening

The demands of skiing are immense and especially on your legs which take the brunt of the work. Exercises like squats, lunges and stretches are ideal to prepare, the more power in your calves and thighs the longer you will ski, the less chance there will be of injury and enjoyment will be at a peak.

A little hard work now will go a long way. For some basic exercises click on the following links to see our you tube videos -

Ski Stretches

Strengthening

 

Your core

 

The stronger your core is the better your balance, endurance and responsiveness will be, so you will have the ability to go longer and harder on the slopes. Pilates is an excellent form of exercise to improve your core and our clients have reported a significant improvement in their skiing following undertaking Pilates based strengthening. Other forms of core strengthening such as abdominal crunches or planks are also beneficial.

 

Balance

Key to a successful skier is balance, whether you are a beginner or a downhill racer without balance you will not get very far. Practice standing on one leg and rocking form side to side, they try it by standing on a pillow.

Balance is the key to good skiing once you have mastered the basics, and is certainly helpful in avoiding stress injuries on the legs caused by a lack of understanding of your capabilities.

 

Please note any new exercise should be undertaken with caution not to push into any discomfort or perform an exercise which feels too difficult to perform. It is better to seek advice from your GP, experienced exercise professionals or trained therapists such as ourselves, for guidance if you are unsure if this type of exercise is suitable for you.

 

Above all enjoy your holiday!!

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