With the ski and snowboard season approaching, its time to dust off your kit, book a flight and find some accommodation – all the usual stuff. But aside from getting your kit ready, what about yourself? Jennifer, from ski blog Great Escapades gives us some great tips on getting yourself ready for the slopes.
There is no better feeling than the one you get just before one of those long-awaited ski holidays,and now that winter has well and truly arrived, that feeling should be closer than ever. Yet, aftermonths of research to organise flights, transfers, accommodation not to mention equipment rentaland the daily itineraries, how many of us give enough thought to whether or not we are fit enough to take to the slopes?
Skiing and snowboarding are incredibly demanding sports, and after all that preparation nothing could be worse than finding yourself unable to make the most out of your holiday because you are limping around with stiff legs, or worse; returning home on a stretcher. To reduce the risk of injuring yourself and guarantee that you make the most of your trip, it is important to put the hard work in weeks before.
By improving your cardiovascular fitness, not only will your general health improve, but it will also ensure that you have the stamina to enjoy an entire day of skiing. Along with this it is important to strengthen the muscles that you use most whilst skiing, as well as improving your overall balance and flexibility.
Cycling is one of the best off-piste cardiovascular exercises to keep you in ski-shape. Not only it is a great aerobic exercise that will help to increase your endurance, but it works all of your ski-specific leg muscles and helps to strengthen your core muscles too.Combined together, pilates, stomach crunches and leg squats are great ways to increase your core stability; a crucial element for improving your skill on the slopes. By strengthening your stomach and back muscles you may find that you spend much more time upright as well as increasing your stamina.
Pilates not only benefits your core stability, but it also increases flexibility, along with stretches and other classes such as yoga. Flexibility on the piste can help to minimise the risk of injury, as well as having you tackling those tough mountain slopes in no time!But you dont have to live in the gym for six weeks prior to that all-anticipated ski trip to improve your fitness. By incorporating just a few extra minutes of cycling, jogging, or even walking into your daily routine, you will find that your ski-holiday wont be an uphill struggle this year.
So, now you know how to get fit for the slopes, its a great time to check out the Great Escapades blog for loads more news on skiing, and if you’ve not yet got round to finding a ski holiday, there’s plenty of time to check out our range of muchbetter ski holidays too!
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