Travelling thousands of miles to the Southern Hemisphere or searching for snow on glaciers may be out of reach but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay ski fit this summer according to experts from The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Snowsports enthusiasts should stay active over the summer so they can return to the winter season fit and healthy. Pay attention to your diet and make sure you eat plenty of protein such as meat, fish, eggs, beans and dairy products, as a lack of protein in your diet will lead to muscle deterioration. A healthy balanced diet also includes plenty of fruit and vegetables; at least five portions a day; and two servings of potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy foods. Make sure you also drink plenty to avoid dehydration.
There are a variety of activities perfect for keeping skiers and snowboarders fit and agile over the summer months.
Get your mountain bike out as soon as you pack your ski equipment away. All types of cycling are excellent exercise for leg muscles including calves, hamstrings and quadriceps. If you can build in several rides a week mountain biking is a fabulous way to improve your fitness. You can always do longer rides at the weekend and shorter ones during the week. Even 20 minutes is enough to help improve your core strength and get your heart working. Mountain biking also helps your balance and agility so it is absolutely perfect for skiers and snowboarders.
You can run anywhere are you don’t need any special equipment but a good pair of running shoes is a must. Start with short jogs and work up to twenty minute runs 3 to 5 times a week to boost your cardiovascular system and leg muscles. Running improves your stamina meaning you’ll be able to ski or snowboard longer and faster.
Yoga and Pilates
Yoga and pilates may not spring to mind as the most obvious exercise for those who do snow sports but increasing your flexibility is just as important as higher impact exercise as it will increase your agility on the ski slopes and help reduce the risk of injury. Classes are available all over the country. Check at your local leisure centre or health club.
Indoor Snowsport Lessons
If you can´t wait any longer for winter you could visit an indoor snow slope and make your dreams of skiing come true. If you’re a beginner, you can take lessons to save you valuable time on the slopes next season. For advanced skiers, The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead offers special coaching sessions to boost your skills. These sessions include the Parallel Plus and the Carving Clinic. For more information visit www.thesnowcentre.com