Getting fit for your next ski or snowboard holiday is key. Preparing your body will help you have a much better time out on the mountain. You’ll also significantly improve your overall fitness too!
Most of us spend a week in the mountains for our winter holiday. This actually requires a good base level of fitness. During skiing, you use a lot of muscle groups that are not usually deployed on a daily basis. Professionals recommend getting your body fit with specific exercises at least a month before your holiday. Fortunately, you can do many of the exercises for skiing at your own home.
How to get fit for skiing?
These are the key elements to work on before you hit the slopes:
Getting your cardio levels up will help you prepare for the reduced oxygen levels at altitude. You will need to try and do aerobic sessions of 20 minutes to 1 hour at least three times a week. You can do cycling or running.
- LEG STRENGTH
You’ll spend a lot of time in a squat position. Also, your power, ability to turn, and the ability to stop come from your legs. Therefore, you need to make sure to strengthen your legs.
- CORE STRENGTH
Having a strong core will help your stability and improve your overall skiing and snowboarding.
Working on your flexibility will increase your mobility and can help you avoid injury. It is important to train flexibility and core strength, which can also improve your coordination and skiing technique.
Get in shape and avoid injuries!
Whilst injury cannot be prevented, you can certainly do quite a lot to reduce the risks. If your body is fit in advance, your muscles will be prepared for skiing and snowboarding, which may help to prevent injuries.
Professionals say that you will be at your most fatigued on day three of your skiing holiday. So pace yourself and do not overdo it.
Warm up before skiing!
Start each day with some warm-up exercises and stretching, and finish off with some active recovery exercises to cool down. There is strong evidence that both fitness levels and flexibility play significant roles in injury prevention.
We’ve come across a great high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, which is designed to help you build strength and improve your cardiovascular fitness. You’ll work on your core and your balance but the main focus here is on leg exercises. Check this out and get fit for your next ski holiday!
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