Thursday, October 12, 2017

Are You Really Ready for Ski Season?

I don’t know about you, but all this snow is really getting me geared for the upcoming ski season. As the white blanket starts to cover the mountains my excitement grows and I’m already thinking about my first turns of the season. However, as I set down a jelly-filled pastry to check the condition of my gear, a small voice calls to me, “Are you sure you’re ready for this?”

Getting Ready to Hit the Slopes

Ok, maybe I was kidding about the small voice part, but so many of us are so excited for ski season that we neglect the importance of preparing our bodies for the physical demands. For those of us who have spent most of the summer working in the office, it is obvious our bodies just aren’t ready for this. Even if you are an avid hiker, biker, or athlete, the muscles used in skiing and snowboarding are different. Often people spend more time tuning up equipment than tuning up their bodies!

Make Time to Get Active

Before you even consider heading towards the ski lift you need to get into shape, but this doesn’t mean jumping right into a strenuous exercise routine. Start setting aside time now to develop a program that can last all season long. This starts with exercising, eating right, and making a commitment to do this on a regular basis. For many, it’s as simple as getting up an hour earlier, or skipping lunch at the restaurant to jog, head to the gym, or even just plain take a walk. Whatever your day looks like, dedicating a little time to exercise will make your time on the slopes better and more enjoyable.

If you haven’t been exercising regularly during the summer it’s going to take some time for your muscles to become limber and strong. It may have been six months since the last time you were on the mountain, and your body won’t be automatically going to be ready to go. A structured program of stretching, strength training, and cardio will help strengthen your core, legs, and get you ready for the demands of downhill sports.

Avoid Injuries by Getting in Shape

Studies have shown that many injuries happen at the end of the day when you’re tired and worn out. Many of these can be avoided by simple being prepared before strapping on the skis or your board. At Jean-Robert’s Gym we offer special programs and classes specifically targeted to help people prepare for ski season. Our experience with professional athletes has given us the expertise and experience to train people at all levels of fitness and abilities. Whether you are extreme boarder or skier who takes a couple trips up to the slopes a year, we can help you get more out of your time on the mountain and improve your overall health.

Let’s Talk About Your Needs

When it comes to fitness, your goals are our goals and we are passionate about helping you tap into your potential. More importantly, we want people to live healthy lifestyles and be able to enjoy all Colorado has to offer. Our personal trainers make it their mission to help you reach your goals and in this case, to have the best ski season of your life. We encourage you to call us at 970-920-9595 or simply stop by the gym and talk to us. We always love to hear your favorite ski stories, share some of ours, and develop a plan to create more.

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