How to Get Fit for Skiing & Snowboarding
Strength: Find local ski fitness classes or try CrossFit, kettlebells or strength-based circuits. Strength work needs to be effective; the key areas to focus on are the legs, back and core. SkiFit, a new app which helps you do ski-specific exercises at home, is also a good option. You should try to start strength training at least six weeks before your trip.
- General fitness: Cycling is probably the best exercise for skiing or snowboarding, but running or even walking can help, as long as you are getting out of breath. If you can, it is worth adding some hard sprints into your cycles or runs – if it’s going uphill, even better!
- Flexibility and balance: Being flexible will help your overall skiing or riding, as well as helping you recover more easily from tumbles. Dynamic stretching is a good idea before you work out (and before each day on the slopes); stretching once you are warm will also help flexibility. Balance work and yoga classes will help you on your skis and snowboard, and might help you fall over less!