You got to have your skis and your outfit ready.
You have picked a destination for your skiing vacation. Everything seems to be ready, but is that really the case?
How about your body? Can you handle the physical demand of alpine skiing?
It’s not easy and if you have not prepared for your skiing trip, then you’re making a huge mistake. You have got to get your body in the right condition to deal with skiing on the slopes.
But how can you do it?
In the next few minutes, you will learn about the steps that you can use to get in shape for alpine skiing.
How to Get in Shape for Alpine Skiing?
1. Improve Your Flexibility
Skiing involves body movement that requires some degree of flexibility on your part. As part of your preparation, you need to do exercises that would help you become more flexible.
One of the best options for improving flexibility is Bikram yoga. These flexibility exercises can also be warmups which you can do before the workout and stretching which you can do afterwards.
Other warm-up exercises that you can do include the following:
- High knee Walk
- Hamstring Stretch
- Jumping Jack
- Deadlift Walk
- Backward Run
- Backward and Forward Lunge Walks
- Lateral Lunge
- Mountain Climbers
This is how you can do Bikram yoga warmups:
- Cross your fingers under your chin. Exhale, bring your elbows together, and push your head back. Breath in as your elbows go upwards and let the chin go down. Let your stomach get sucked in. Repeat the process.
- With your fingers crossed, put your arms up. Then bend your upper body from side to side and push your hips on the other side. Try to maintain the flat plane of your body.
- Keep your arms straight up. Look behind and lean back while pushing your hips to the front. Then return to the original position and now bend all the way forward and touch the ground.
- Crouch and then place your hands at your heels so it would be like you’re standing on them. Start to bend forward and hug your knees and straighten your legs.
For your post workout stretching routine, you can do the following exercises:
- Head to Knee
- Downward Dog
- Deep Stretch
2. Aerobic Exercises
You need to do aerobic exercises to prepare for alpine skiing because it will build up your capacity to endure physical performance for a long time. It will help to build up your body’s ability to consume and distribute oxygen.
Examples of aerobic exercises include:
- Jump Rope
You should perform these exercises for half an hour to a full hour about three to five times each week will help you in dealing with the challenges you have to face when skiing.
3. Developing Anaerobic Endurance
Anaerobic endurance refers to the ability of your muscles to function without oxygen. In anaerobic metabolism, there is a buildup of lactic acid in your muscles. That buildup is the cause for that burning sensation which you could feel on your legs when you run.
Anaerobic exercises improve the ability of your body to process lactic acid, allowing you to keep up your activity for a longer time. This is going to be useful when you go skiing.
Many anaerobic exercises involve High Intensity Interval Training. These are the exercises that are characterized by intense bursts of activity followed by a rest period.
What you can do is do any three of these exercises while you out running as intervals:
- Two minutes of burpees
- One minute of easy jog
- Three minutes of burpees
- 5 minutes easy jog
- 30 seconds of easy jog
- One minute of burpees
These combinations are going to be intense and it can wear you out quick, but that’s the whole point. You need to do the intense exercises to get ready for the slopes.
4. Developing Your Strength
Finally, you also need to develop your strength as a means of preparing for the slopes when you go skiing.
The truth is that not everyone has the natural strength to handle skiing along the slopes. It must be developed and worked on.
The good news is that there are several exercises which you can use to develop your body’s strength.
Some of the best strength exercises that you can do include:
- Weighted and Unweighted Squats
- Lateral Side Jumps
- Medicine Ball Throws
- Box Jumps
Be fit and healthy!
It is important to remember that you must stay fit and healthy throughout the year and not just when skiing season is around. It would be best if you were to do these exercises on a regular basis no matter what season it is.
Skiing is a very physically demanding activity. If you are not ready for it, then you’re not going to enjoy the whole experience. You need to be in top condition before you go skiing.
And now that you know how to get your body ready for this sport, it’s time to learn the different ski symbols that you will encounter when trying alpine skiing. Check out the full article here.
But before you do that, you might also want to grab a copy of our free fishing checklist just in case you’ll do this activity in the future?