Gearing up for the ski season

snowboarderAdapted from Wellness Works newsletter, an FCHP publication

Posted January 6, 2012

Summer’s a distant memory, tans have faded and the temperature is dropping. Ski and snowboard enthusiasts everywhere know that it’s their season! Like any sport, it’s vital that you prepare your body for the demands of cold-weather activities.

Our bodies are more prone to injury in the cold winter months of New England. Follow these important tips to help ease your body back onto the slopes.

  • Train outside rather than inside at a gym to get your body used to the cold 
  • Take more time to warm up before exercise and to “cool down” slowly with stretches afterwards.
  • Take special care of your knees! Skiing and boarding are strenuous on your body, especially the knees. Incorporate squats into your workouts to strengthen and improve joint flexibility.
  • Practice balance. Exercises such as basic lunges and yoga poses can help you on the mountain. 
  • Take the stairs at work! Condition certain muscles that you use, like your quadriceps (the muscles on the front of your thighs), by climbing more stairs, doing step aerobics or wall squats.
  • Hydrate. Even though we tend to seek out hot cocoa and coffee during these winter months, it’s also important to drink lots of water as part of your pre-slope regimen.

Don't forget that FCHP members can get discounts on lift tickets and classes at local mountains through the Family Fun program. And, members can get reimbursed for lift ticket costs through the It Fits! fitness reimbursement program.