Would you get a bit nervous about the whole thing? Maybe you would start worrying about injuring yourself? What are you going to do about that troublesome knee? What about keeping the energy up all day?
In this case scenario, starting with warming up the major joints in your body, to reduce potential injury is a very good idea. Making sure that you are properly hydrated before, during and after the work-outs is also an important piece. Do you think drinking alcohol would benefit you? Do you think the food you eat might have an impact on your performance? What about the amount of sleep?
Reading this you probably think – ja, ja, ja I’ve heard it all before. Of course it makes sense.
Why then, does all of this logical thinking seem to go straight out the window when it comes to a Ski Holiday? It’s like because we are on Holiday, we don’t really need to pay attention, or something?!
A ski holiday is very different from a beach holiday, so it would be a good idea to tackle it differently. Not many people come back from beach vacations with broken bones and torn ligaments, now do they?
The very, very least that you can do to minimize damage is the following. First, make sure that you are properly hydrated. Bring a small back-pack so you always have easy access. Minimize the coffee, sodas and definitely the alcohol.
Second, do a targeted warm-up to open up your joints. Remember, if something doesn’t move very well, something else has to move a lot more. And this is often the area that gets injured because it has to overcompensate.
Accidents happen all the time, and never at the “right time”.
Thinking that you’re going to warm up on the slope is a bad idea. Accidents happen all the time, and never at the “right time”. For extra recovery go into the sauna in the evening, if you have the opportunity. If you only have time for one stretch in the evening, then I suggest you do the Couch Stretch.
If you think a 10min investment in your body and your health is too much in exchange for 6-8 hrs of problem free skiing a day, then don’t complain when your knees are hurting. Or when you can hardly get out of the car after driving home. Or when you are in the emergency room instead of enjoying the day with your friends.
I suggest starting with these exercises even before your holidays. Get yourself ready, so you can enjoy every day in the snow. For targeted mobility work for your hips and back after long car drives, check this out. Don’t know your Hydration Formula yet?
Take care of your body, and it will take care of you!