How to Stay Fit and
Enlightened on the Ski Slopes
Finding and loving the spirit of the mountains
I find the ski slopes are one of the best places to travel when you need a tangible reminder that there is something larger than you on this earth. Use these tips to channel inner warmth for the ability to be playful and powerful on any size mountain.
Physical strength on the slopes
Conditioning and yoga tips. Skiing works muscles that aren’t used on a regular basis. Individuals who are already in fit condition can prep for the slopes by tweaking their routine. Exercises to do several times a week 1-2 months before skiing: add squats to strengthen knees and quads. Incorporate hamstring stretches in your regular workout. Target calf muscles, especially if you snowboard, with calf raises. Remember that when you’re on the slopes you’ll call on your endurance and core strength, all while working lungs harder in the thin, high-altitude air. Increase your yoga practices. Stretching all that connective tissue will come into play when your joints are asked to be flexible on the slopes, making it a superb injury preventer. Do balance movements - you’ll be glad you did hen you hit that first patch of ice off the chairlift - and don’t discount wrist-strengthening exercises, which translate from the yoga mat to the slopes more than you think. In fact, one of the most common on-snow injuries is to the hand or wrist (it’s where we tend to fall first).
Shuss time. As we get older, stretching before the first chair does wonders for our ski day. Once you’re ready to drop in, go for the easy run first. Warm-up runs are always recommended by ski instructors, and for good reason. Not only can they give legs a wake-up call, but they help you start the day with a positive, “I got this!” mentality. And a final reminder: even the best pro-skier will remind you that it’s not how fast or big you go, but how much personal style you have. Now get ready to burn 500 calories an hour (the average amount burned by a 150-pound person).