Get In Shape For Your Holiday

Stories16th August 2022

Get In Shape For Your Holiday

Simple Exercises You Can Do To Prevent Holiday Injuries And Survive The Alpine Altitude!

A few simple stretches before a workout can prevent injury

That one jog you did around the block, or singular gym visit at the start of Summer isn’t going to cut it when it comes to preparing for your ski holiday.  The muscles we use on the mountain are those seldom used in everyday life so it’s recommended to start an exercise programme at least 2 months before your holiday.

Cardio fitness and preparing your muscles is just one side of the story, you’re also going to have to deal with the high altitude and low temperatures that are impossible to avoid in ski resorts.  Follow these tips to get your body ready so you can enjoy hours on the mountain!

1 . Stop putting it off and start now! The more time you give your body to prepare the better.  Whether you’re a beginner or expert, by being fit, in balance and flexible will help you make sure you get the most from your holiday and have a great time.

2 . Do a range of different exercises. You are aiming not only to increase your cardio vascular fitness, helping you deal with the lack of oxygen at higher altitudes, but also develop more flexibility in your muscles.  You can do this by trying some of the following:

  • Leg workouts; try squatting, alternating lunges and wall sits. Start with a low number of repetitions and increase them overtime.
  • Core workouts; these will improve your stance and give you stability. Try sit ups, planks and supermans.
  • Cardio workouts; increase your stamina by trying interval training. You can either run, cycle or swim.

3 . Don’t forget to stretch. You want to incorporate some basic stretches before your workouts.  A simple few stretches will help improve flexibility and prevent injury.  You could even incorporate some yoga into your pre-holiday workouts.  It’s worth stretching after your day on the slopes too.  Why not make a habit of doing a few stretches before you settle down in the chalet with your slice of cake.

Resort Manager Jess enjoys a spot of mountain yoga!

4 . Remember your limits.  You can’t go from minimal exercise to expecting your body to run marathons.  This is just a recipe for injury and fatigue.  Start off with some basic exercises and then over time increase the intensity and duration so that you are constantly pushing yourself.

5 . Now you’ve got your fitness on track, make sure you’ve got equipment that will enable you to make the most of it. All that training could be in vain if you aren’t prepared for the mountain

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