As part of the Ski Fit network, the team at Bespoke Physio are releasing a short series of blogs on preventing injuries on the slopes. This follows on from the fantastic series published last month by our Australian Ski Fit partners In Clinic Physiotherapy.
What better place to write these blogs than from the lovely village of Alpe D’Huez in France. For the next 5 days we shall be releasing one 5 minute blog post per day. Today’s post is on preparing yourself for the Slopes. Enjoy our first post in the #SkiFit5 series!
SkiFit5 – Pre-Ski Strength
Booked your ski holiday? Time to get ski fit. Skiing and snowboarding are very demanding on the body. They require strength, endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness and balance. Exercise such as running or cycling is great for improving general fitness and should form an essential part of your preparation. However, in order to prepare adequately for the slopes, sport specific exercises must also be included. The 5 exercises below are simple yet challenging and you don’t need to go to the gym to do them. The best thing is they get great results! Check them out. #SkiFit5
- Decline Squats
You can do these on a decline board at the gym or you can place a rolled yoga mat under your heels to replicate it at home.
- Single Leg Squats
Be sure to keep your hips level and line up the centre of your kneecap with your 3rd toe to maintain a good alignment throughout the leg. Don’t go too deep and concentrate on maintaining good control. Progress on by moving your arms and trunk or standing on a bosu ball.
- Double Leg Bridging
Fantastic for Glut and Hamstring strength. You can progress this using a gym ball or by moving to single leg bridging – very hard work!
- Lateral jump squats
The main thing here is to have soft knees for a controlled landing. A great whole body workout.
- Single leg balance
Balance and proprioception are so often over looked but in dynamic sports like skiing and snowboarding they are as important as strength. Single leg balancing is a really simple and effective way to sharpen up your proprioception. Progress it on by using a wobble board or bosu ball, or add in throw and catch aspect.
Stay tuned for the second instalment of the SkiFit5 series from the French Alps! #skifit5
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For those Living in the Southern Hemisphere we thoroughly recommend you check out our Australian Ski Fit Network partners In Clinic Physiotherapy for expert care and advice.