15th December 2014
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe
It’s no secret that my winter indulgence is skiing. I am sure that there are many of you out there who will agree with me when I say that it is one of the most enthralling sports and one that can be enjoyed by all no matter what your skill level. One thing is for sure, skiing gets you fit and works muscles that lie dormant for many months of the year. Here are five exercises you can do in the weeks leading up to a skiing holiday that will help you to get skiing fit for all of you honeymooning in the snow.
Having hammies that are flexible is very helpful when it comes to moving your legs underneath a stable torso. You all know what your hamstrings are and you all know how to stretch them so get onto it! My preferred stretch for this muscle group is to sit on the floor with my legs open, stretched out in front of me. Slowly but surely I edge my nose closer to my knee while gripping my foot (if you can’t reach your foot go for your calf).
Never has a truer phrase ever been used for skiing as ‘feeling the burn’. Your quads can feel like they are on fire after a long and hairy black run. Make sure you get them strong and fighting fit, ready to hit the powder. Step ups are great for this. Make sure you are lifting your knee as high as it will go. Keep pushing through the burn for as long as you can!
While you do need supple hammies, you also need strong ones. My favourite one is to lie on your back with your feet on a large exercise ball. Slowly raise your bottom off the ground to create a bridge while leaving your hands on the ground, extended by your side. If you want to make this slightly harder to one leg at a time while raising the other one in the air, it’s a killer!
Like all sport, you will be much better and have much more control with a strong core. Planking is a great way to strengthen your engine room of muscles. Side planks are also important to do in the run up to a skiing holiday and they will make sure your obliques are neglected!
As most of us spend a lot of the day sitting down at a desk it’s really important for us to exercise and strengthen our lower backs. Start by lying on your front with your arms and legs outstretched in front and behind you. At the same time lift your legs and arms off the floor while trying to keep your ankles together. Hold for 30-60 seconds and repeat 4 times.
Before you get on the lift make sure you are warmed up and stretched out because the last thing you want to do is injure yourself and leave you chalet bound while the powdery pistes are beckoning you!