I already heard ‘White Christmas’ on the radio. Summer is gone for good. Time to think about ski season.
Do you also envision a joyful ski week – the one you wait for the whole year (especially those of us who don’t live near the mountains)?
Do you want to enjoy it fully? No muscle pains, no leg trembling, no injuries?
I have a few tips for you. Please leave a comment how they resonate!
- To survive the week (happily!) you really don’t have to become Ironman or go CrossFit (in fact if you want to enjoy life in 20 years time – they are a NO GO – unless you carefully work on form and mobility..) You can get ready even if you have no time (just 10 minutes a day will suffice). No flashy stunts (and injuries) needed!
- You can start anywhere (‘the world is my gym’) – less noise will probably allow you to focus more.
- You need a plan to know what to do step by step. It is all about baby steps.
- Start with working on your overall fitness. Legs generally work out more than arms, but you need to tone up all the main muscle groups.
- If sitting is your main sport then build a regular walk into your schedule! Imagine how much time you will spend on your legs in the mountains and start getting used to it and start to build up some endurance.
- Use stairs whenever you can for conditioning. They can be a great warm up exercise as well!
- Already at your desk? Warmed up? Let’s go for some strength. Feet planted solidly on the ground (imagine you are grabbing some sand with them), hold the desk and raise your bottom 2 inches, now stay in that position for 60-90 seconds.
- Still at your desk? Do your back and abs a favor. Sit on the edge of your chair, press down with your elbows on the desk. ‘Load’ your armpits, do not bend your back. Now bring your knees 2 inches up by engaging your abs (how about 60-90 seconds?)
- You need strong abs and back to stabilise your core. Not only for skiing – most of the time it is the only way to avoid back pain! Bring awareness to your core in any activity – the easiest way is breathing.
- OK. Time for some stretching. Lay your right foot on the left knee while pressing your right knee down a bit. We are looking for some discomfort (not pain). 60-90 seconds then change sides. Now stand up and stretch the front of your legs by bringing your foot to the back (knees together, erect posture, abs braced, change sides).
- Whatever you do – think about purpose. The vision of the fantastic skiing and an internal smile will motivate you better than complaining. So – put your ‘Happy Face’ on!
- Do not say ‘I will try/have to’ nor ‘I want to’. It will position you out of the process. Dive in. Do it. Now. For 10 minutes. Such a ‘baby step’ investment will bring you incredible rewards!
What’s your view?
Please leave me a comment!