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To be able to make the most out of your winter season, whether it lasts a week or a few months, it is important to be at your best level of fitness. Skiing is a sport where the body alternates between bursts of intense effort and moments of release.
The legs, abdominal muscles and heart are under strain. The body must also adapt itself to an unusual environment, where it is subjected to the cold and wind. A well-prepared physique is the key to successfully getting back on your skis: straight away, you will re-experience the good sensations, have fun and progress faster.
You will feel less tired, despite the increase in activity, which will not only enable you to avoid injury but also let you make the most of your après-ski sessions! Good physical preparation should begin approximately 1-2 months before you get back on your skis.
Strengthening your abs and thighs, endurance training, joint flexibility... it's all important but it should not have to be a chore. Here are my tips on how to work on your physical fitness every day while having fun!
Want the Thighs and Stomach of a World-Class Skier?
You can't beat a bit of muscle building, and you can do it anywhere with a few simple exercises:
The chair, ideal for strengthening your quadriceps, at the front of your thighs.
Hamstrings, at the back of your thighs! This couldn't be easier; lie down on the floor with your arms by your sides, knees bent, and lift up your buttocks, keeping you hands flat against the ground, then go back down again. Repeat, breathing deeply each time.
Tensing your abdominal muscles as if you wanted to have a perfectly flat stomach. A few minutes a day, and you have a great figure all year round!
For a General Workout and to Maintain Good Endurance
Simply keep up a regular physical activity such as jogging, cycling, skipping rope, rollerblading or swimming. With these sports, you can work out, get some fresh air and keep fit without even realising.
For the Flexibility of the Knees and Ankles
Sports requiring balance such as stand-up paddle or slacklining are excellent. Not to mention the strengthening of core muscles through constantly trying to keep your balance, which is equally as good for your abs and back.
My Everyday Tips:
RUNNING! Make a habit of running every day: to get to your underground station, from the car to the office or all the way home.
TAKE THE STAIRS! Everywhere and always, take the stairs whenever you can, it's great for the legs and the heart.
WALKING! Every day, before or after lunch, get off the bus or underground one stop early and walk 15 minutes more. If you get the chance, try to walk 1 to 2 hours over the weekend or in the evenings at a brisk pace, it's a great way to clear your head from everyday worries!