Endurance on the piste is key to a happy, fun and healthy holiday. Building it before you arrive in the sunny but snowy mountain air will make all the difference. So get swimming, dancing, running or walking before your adventure begins, you are much less likely to suffer from fatigue which all day in the clean cold air can bring on if you aren’t fit enough.

Endurance on the piste is key to a happy, fun and healthy holiday. Building it before you arrive in the sunny but snowy mountain air will make all the difference. So get swimming, dancing, running or walking before your adventure begins, you are much less likely to suffer from fatigue which all day in the clean cold air can bring on if you aren’t fit enough. Good endurance will increase your lung capacity and will help your muscles work more efficiently this is important when you are in higher altitudes with less oxygen. Here are a few tips to keep you on the piste all day.

  • Stretching should never be underestimated, get your body working in the morning by flexing every part of your body, it willhelp open up your body as well as prevent injuries from occurring. So stretch the quadriceps, these are the muscles that hold you in the correct skiing position and will protect your knees. Your hamstrings and glutes need some attention too as when you ski downhill your body leans forward into your hipsand these muscles stabilize the body. The inner and outer thighs are what hold your skis together and help you steer and the soleus part of your calves’ helpyou stay upright so you don’t fall over. Don’t forget about your arms either,they help you push off with the poles and keep your shoulder joints stable too.So flexibility is essential.
  • Cardio workouts are the best for building endurance, if you want to get your money’s worth from your holiday then you will need it in bucket loads. Accidents and injuries occur if you are not fit enough, so preparation is key. Get a variety of workouts under your belt that vary in intensity and time. Slower workouts that last for 60 minutes are great for the legs as well as lungs.

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