The reality is if you spend most of your week working at a desk your body is not going to be piste-ready. Sore muscles, strained backs, fatigue or fitness-related falls all impact on your well-deserved ski break.
So is there another way to get ski-fit that does not feel like you are enlisting yourself on a Tough Mudder Bootcamp? Is there a way to transition from your city life to mountain life that fits around your already hectic schedule?
We’ve been trawling the internet this week to bring you some workout ideas that will fit seamlessly into your daily routine. No lunging necessary.
What is ski fit?
When we talk about ski-fit we are talking about ensuring the various parts of your body used during skiing, are up for the job. These can be broken down into 4 main areas for us to focus on.
- THE LOWER BODY
The Legs: Quads at the front of the thighs, glutes at the back of the thighs.
Skiing involves short bursts of intense energy so its important to get your heart pumping prior to hitting the pistes.
- THE CORE
Our stomach muscles get used a surprising amount on the piste, either falling over as a beginner or as an advanced skier heading off into more challenging off-piste terrain. Beginner or expert, you can’t avoid the requirement for good abdominals.
- PROPRIOCEPTION (BALANCE)
This is your body’s positional sense and is particularly important for skiing in bad visibility. It's also one of the best preventative measures when it comes to injury.
One minute workouts at home
Why not get yourself in shape while enjoying a bit of TV or movie downtime? These one-minute work outs are perfect for incorporating into your downtime at home.
- Stand on one leg with your eyes closed for two minutes twice a day.
- Add some small movements while you do it, such as little knee bends.
- Take another exercise or activity, like cleaning your teeth, do it on one leg. This also engages the core and strengthens the glutes.
- Hopping & Skipping: Simple things like hopping and skipping strengthen legs, engages the core, improves your balance and gets you used to relying on one leg which is incredibly important for skiing. Skip or hop for one minute. Rest and repeat.
- Jumping: Use a low bench or a line of tape on the ground and jump from side to side over it with for minute long bursts and repeat. Start with a single leg hop, switching feet, and vary it with double leg hops landing one foot after the other. The motion mirrors what you’ll be doing on the slopes and will work your hips, thighs, and lower leg muscles with the movements. You can also progress to jumping up and down stairs.
If you’re not already exercising regularly, it’s a good idea to begin a simple programme
of aerobic activity around two months to six weeks before you go