At home ... as simple as 1,2,3
A game of tag or catch in the garden is the same as doing interval training at the gym and a lot more fun. It involves short sprints and bursts of energy and its also great for working the core and preparing your body for the unexpected on the mountain, like bumps in flat light, or avoiding an out-of-control skier.
2. Got a dog?
Get a stick and throw it, or fight and wrestle with your dog to get the stick. Play tug-of-war with your dog’s favourite toy to strengthen upper arms. Playing with your dog will get your core working and get your body moving in all sorts of different directions.
Crawling about with your little ones is a brilliant ski-fit exercise because you’re working through the core and across the whole body. It teaches the muscles to work together for better efficiency. Because skiing involves the whole body – pole planting, turning, carrying your skis to and from the slopes – crawling is an ideal preparation.
3 Ski Fit Days Out
1. Ice Skating
Take the family Ice Skating. It’s a really simple and fun way to engage some of the right muscles for skiing and incorporates a similar combination of balance and co-ordination. It also gets you used to sliding and will quickly banish any fears of ice which is a constant battle for many skiers. If there is not an ice skating rink near you, why not try regular skating?
I’ve yet to meet a child who doesn’t love trampolining and there are centres all over the UK where you can participate in this brilliant sport. It’s a great way to strengthen your core and develop your coordination. It’s also a good cardio work out as you tend to do it in short burst. And for those of you working on your freestyle skiing and snowboarding, a trampoline is the go to place to start practising somersaults and rotations.