The first autumn chills are gradually giving way to the arrival of winter. And, for all open-air sports fans, winter means skiing.
The mountain peaks are beginning to turn bright white with snow and, while waiting for the ski slopes to turn white as well, it is good to use this autumn period to get back in shape and train for the ski season.
Skiing is not at all an “easy” sport from a physical point of view. Legs, spine and ankle and knee joints are the parts of the body most involved in this sport and, if they are not adequately prepared, are the most susceptible to accidents.
Here are a few tips on how to train for the start of the season.
Of fundamental importance for preparing to ski and generally highly recommended for keeping fit is running. It is the best activity for leg muscles, joints and heart and to build resistance and train for sports requiring exertion.
Another aspect to consider when you want to get ready for the ski season is muscle strengthening. Floor exercises that can be done at home or in the gym provide excellent training. Squats, lunges and planks are just some of the best exercises for getting your body ready. Squats and lunges strengthen leg muscles but it is always good practice to use all the muscles of the body when training. As well as legs and joints, it is good practice to exercise arms, chest and abdominals and choose back strengthening exercises.
Complete, regular training carried out methodically can be a great help for skiing and, in general, for all sports.