By doing some work on strengthening and improving flexibility before we go away, we can make more of the mountain and greatly reduce the likelihood of injury.
General leg strengthening like walking, running, cycling and yoga will help our endurance and performance. Most injuries happen when we begin to get tired through lack of concentration and a physical inability to react to changing conditions.
Taking 10 minutes in the office or living room to do some rounds of squats and lunges will work your quads and glutes which are the main muscles you’ll be using to ski.
Core exercises will help improve your balance: planks, medicine ball exercises and wobble boards are fun way to get your core strong!
When you’re there:
Try to do a little stretching before you leave the chalet so you’re not going in cold when to hit the slope.
Starting gently for your first couple of runs each day, allowing your muscles to warm up and become responsive is really important, blasting straight in on hard packed or icy slopes is a recipe for injury.
After a big day on the hill taking a little time to stretch out will make a huge difference to how stiff you feel the next day, 10 minutes stretching out your calves, quadriceps, hamstrings and groin will be well spent!