Preparing your body for a ski holiday

Six super ski exercises to get your body into shape and help you get the best out of your time on the slopes

For experienced skiers

Hitting the slopes this year? If it’s the first time in a while, you’ll probably be a little rusty, especially as you’ll need to use some unfamiliar muscles. So, how do you prepare for a skiing holiday and what are the best stretches to help avoid injuries when on the slopes?

Firstly there is no substitute for actually skiing. Throughout the UK there are many indoor and dry slopes where you can regain your ski legs, such as Snowzone in Milton Keynes and Snow Factor in Glasgow. For those of you who already know how to ski it would be an excellent idea to regain your ski legs before you get to the mountains. So that upon arrival you can head straight up the mountain.

For beginners skiers

For beginners, getting onto snow in one of the indoor areas prior to your trip can be the difference between a frustrating holiday and the start of a promising snow sports career. Taking a lesson or two at a snow dome will give you the knowledge and understanding you need to explore the beautiful alpine resorts to their full potential.

Skiing uses a unique set of muscles and it definitely pays to be prepared for this. Here are six exercises to boost your ski fitness for your holiday.

Cardio, strength and flexibility exercises

A person of average weight would burn around 476 calories skiing, so working in a little cardio before your trip isn’t a bad idea if you want to stay on the slopes for longer.

Jog, swim or run

Whichever is your preference, work on your cardio before you go on your skiing holiday, so your fitness is up to scratch during your time on the slopes.

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