I don’t expect my body to be able to do any other sport non-stop for 7 days without any build up or training before hand – so why would I not train ready for my annual ski trip?
Training to get my body ready for the slopes not only means I’m less likely to fatigue and injure myself but it also means I can get the most out of my week of skiing. There is nothing more frustrating than turning up to the slopes, spending the first few days finding your ski feet again and before you know it – the holiday is over! You may have progressed slightly through the week, but really, your just holding time.
I don’t know about you, but I want to get better year on year, I dream of whizzing through a mogul field without batting an eye.
So, let me get to the point, what are my top tips to stay ski fit and not end up being stretchered off the mountain by a ski mobile!
I’ve touched on one already, and that is SKI PREPARATION.
Skiing requires a high level of fitness and strength to participate safely. Your body will respond to the challenges of skiing and snowboarding far better if you are in good shape. If you have a good baseline fitness, you are much less likely to fatigue. I think that fatique is a common cause of injury in the once a year skier, as evidenced by the fact that the majority of ski injuries occur after 3 p.m. To be “SKI FIT” you need both cardiovascular fitness, strength (mainly in your quadriceps, glutes, core and triceps), AND flexibility, not only to help you “bounce” back when, sorry IF, you fall but also to help you hold a good ski position.
I’ll do a follow up blog to touch on all of these areas to help you get ski fit!
For now I want you to think about staying injury free once you are there, which leads me to the remaining points:
EQUIPMENT & BEHAVIOUR
Equipment: It has been noted that injury risk increases 800% if equipment is borrowed. You should either hire your equipment, or purchase your own, have it set up correctly and it should be in a well-serviced condition. Equally make sure that your equipment matches your level of ability. If you’ve hired kit before you’ll know they take your height, weight and ability into account. This will determine what they give you and how they set up your bindings. Your bindings hold you to your skis, so if your a beginner you want these to release easily, so if you fall they release and allow you boots to come free, helping to save your knees from any nasty twisting injures etc.
Behaviour: As I have mentioned before, your are more likely to injury yourself when fatigued, so pace yourself and don’t over do it. Only do what you feel happy with, your risk of injury will increase significantly if you are scared. And finally, the obvious one, be aware that alcohol decreases your performance considerably and even a small amount may put you at risk of injury after the lunchtime glass or few… although it might make you less scared! NO YOUR OSTEOPATH DIDN’T JUST ADVISE YOU TO DRINK ALCOHOL AND SKI! (everything in moderation!)
FINALLY – ENJOY IT! IT’S THE BEST TYPE OF HOLIDAY THERE IS! >>FACT!<<