Whether you’re an amateur or an experienced skier, not warming up causes numerous accidents on the slopes every year.
Here are some easy exercises and advice to follow if you want to avoid any snags on the slopes this winter.
Your thighs and knees as well as your arms and shoulders are going to be severely tested. Wake up your joints by spending a few minutes flexing and rotating your knees, ankles, shoulders, hips, wrists etc. Before you get on your skis, you can also skip on the spot at home for 30 seconds to warm up your joints.
For 5 to 10 minutes, do a little jogging, running on the spot, little jumps, knee raises etc. The aim of these warm-up exercises is to stimulate the blood flow and the central nervous system. But beware, the aim is not to tire you out as soon as you’re warmed up. Save a little energy for skiing.
Do some rotations and wide-ranging circular movements.
Progressively increase the speed and intensity of the exercises.
Before taking to the powder, don’t forget to hydrate yourself. It is recommended that you drink ½ litre of water before the exertion and then have a drink every hour (water, tea, mulled wine but with moderation) to avoid cramp.
On the slopes, it is important to listen to your body’s needs and, if you feel the signs of fatigue, don’t hesitate to take a break. It will give you an opportunity to admire the magnificent scenery.