5 Easy Tips on How to Get in Shape for your Ski Holiday
With the ski season approaching fast, most of us need to improve our fitness to ensure we don’t collapse after a day out on the piste. With a few ski exercises you can get those muscles ready for the slopes with minimum effort – and you might actually enjoy doing it. Here are 5 easy tips and tricks on how to get fit for the ski season:
Ski exercise 1 – cycling and running
It’s super-important to improve your general fitness and endurance in preparation for a skiing holiday. Cycling and running are ideal cardiovascular ski exercises. If you haven’t got the time or just cannot be bothered to go out in the rain for a run or a cycle ride, then there are plenty of other ski exercises you can try: Get on a stepper or running machine in your gym for 30 minutes. And if you don’t have a gym membership, you could walk up and down the stairs in your house: the effect will be the same.
Ski exercise 2 – stretching
It is very important to stretch your muscles before your first day on the slopes to avoid cramps and straining after a long day on the piste exercising muscles you had forgotten existed! Yoga and Pilates are the perfect exercise for this. If these aren’t your thing, google some simple stretching exercises to do at home in your own time. Et voilà!
Ski exercise 3 – strengthen your leg muscles
This may sound like a no-brainer, but strong leg and hip muscles really are crucial to prevent injury whilst skiing. When you ski and your legs feel like jelly, all your weight will be carried by your knees, which will strain them and lead to knee injuries. Simple squats at home are a great form of ski exercise and will do the trick nicely, if you cannot gear yourself up to go to the gym.
Ski exercise 4 – remember those core muscles!
You don’t necessarily think of strong stomach muscles when it comes to ski exercises, but believe me they are absolutely necessary for skiing to avoid straining your back. A strong upper body helps you guide your skis better and takes the strain of your knees. Simple crunch ups at home on the floor will work wonders for your core muscles so go exercise: 50 crunch ups per day and you’re all set!
Ski Exercise 5 – improving your balance
Finally, you need good balance to guide your skis well and to ensure you don’t crash into the next skier at the smallest obstacle. And believe it or not, this can easily be achieved by doing the following: just standing on one leg while brushing your teeth. There really is no excuse not to do this ski exercise ;)!
Experts say that you should start your fitness training one to two months before your skiing holiday and exercise two to three times per week to achieve the best results. From personal experience, I would say start a a few weeks earlier. If you do not have the time to your ski exercises as early as that before your ski holiday, don’t lose hope. Every little helps! Every hour of exercise you put in now will pay off on the slopes and will increase your enjoyment of your ski holiday. So whether you are planning a ski holiday with or without your child/ren get started asap. It’s never too late!
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