Maintain your fitness
Keeping children and young adults active when they are back at school can be forgotten about when our busy lives fall back into a routine, but it is important to take time out of your day to maintain fitness levels.
Back to School
Now that school has started again and the evenings are getting darker, thoughts turn towards autumn and potential winter holidays. It’s never too soon to start preparing for the slopes to get ski-fit and help prevent injuries by using different muscle groups from traditional cardio. You will only engage the muscles that you use to ski or snowboard when you are doing just that. You can however work on those muscle groups separately.
Get Ski Fit
This article from The Telegraph can help you to prepare ahead of your time on the slopes: How To Get Ski Fit
Here are a few pointers from it that you can put into practice at home in front of a mirror and bring to life while skiing or snowboarding at Snozone before your holiday:
- Make sure your knee caps line up with your 2nd or 3rd toe, not your big toe as is often the case, as this can affect your ability to carve and cause joint problems.
- Keep your pelvis neutral, so your bottom doesn’t stick out or tuck in too far and your upper body nice and relaxed.
- Practise your ski position and weight distribution (your weight should be balanced over the centre of your skis).
- Strengthen your quads and glutes.
- Practice standing on one leg with your eyes closed while doing tasks such as brushing your teeth- this will be particularly helpful for when you ski/snowboard in bad visibility.
- Increase your cardiovascular fitness through activity such as cycling, using a step machine or interval training.