Skiing: If you want to ski, you should prepare your body for such an active vacation. Skiing consists not only of a comfortable descent, but also of turning, climbing, walking and falling. These are activities and movements in which we activate different muscle groups.
People all over the world enjoy skiing because of the feeling of freedom on the slopes, the scenery, the recreation and many other benefits. However, unlike most recreational sports, skiing is not an activity that allows us to increase our training or fitness level. On the contrary, we should be fit even before the season starts.
Every year, around 150,000 people are injured at global ski resorts. To reduce the risk of injury, quality preparation is important and should be taken seriously.
Two to three months before the start of the ski season, it is advisable to perform targeted exercises to strengthen the muscle groups that are heavily used during skiing or snowboarding. Such preparation ensures a comfortable stay in the snow and the use of winter sports with minimal risk of injury.
The editors of BesserMe have done their best to search for you the best ways to prepare your body for skiing.
Basic components for preparation for skiing:
- Cardiovascular training as the basis of our training, depending on the level of our physical fitness. It is long-lasting activities such as jogging or interval training that prepare us most effectively for skiing.
- Classic strength training to strengthen the entire chain of movements, aimed at strengthening the leg muscles and adequately preparing the upper body. Functional strength training for the core muscles, a vital part of the body that connects the lower and upper body and strongly influences our performance in the snow.
- Flexibility training focused on the leg and trunk muscles. Through regular and controlled stretching, our body becomes more supple and less prone to injury from falls and possible collisions.
- Balance training, plays a dual role. It prepares the body for unstable and unpredictable conditions and prevents injuries (especially meniscus).
- Special ski training that simulates real skiing movements, develops the explosive power and speed of the legs and the strength of the legs and steps required for demanding skiing.
Such workouts, which are quite sufficient for an average recreational athlete, ensure good fitness, prevent muscle inflammation after skiing, and aerobic exercises are good for training the respiratory and cardiovascular systems to adapt more easily to altitude and long efforts.
After skiing, it is essential that you stretch your legs and the muscle groups where you feel the most fatigue and inflammation. Try to relax your legs completely and shake your muscles to loosen them up.
After that you are ready for hot tea and relaxation in the snowy idyll!
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