Gear up for the NZ snow season – how to get snow ready!
Who’s excited for the snow season!? We are! If you want to get isnow ready for your snow holiday, we suggest starting an exercise programme a month or two in advance – here are some tips and tricks on how to get into the best possible shape!
The most common injuries from snow sports are associated with the knee that generally involve the mcl or acl ligaments. To ensure you maximise your time is spent on the slopes rather than in A&E, we highly recommend strengthening the muscles above the knee by doing wall sits, calf raises, lunges, straight leg raises, and hamstring curls.
Aerobic training is another goody, such as biking, walking, running are great for building overall strength and increasing your body tolerance.
Build a strong core and the rest will follow – pilates or a strength-based yoga class, such as hatha, vinyasa or ashtanga yoga types, are great for building strength, improving balance and increasing flexibility.
Two-legged squats, or one-legged squats, are great for improving strength in the core and quads, and improving overall balance.
Treat snow sports like your usual exercise routine and get into a routine of stretching before and after, that will help keep your joints supple and prevent injury.
Don’t forget leg day…
Legs are one of the primary muscle groups that you use during the season and thus one of the primary muscle groups that you want to strengthen.
Build strong quadriceps through exercises such as lunges, squats, sprints, or using the leg press.
Hamstrings, at the back of your legs, are used primarily for extending the leg and flexion at the knee joint. For strong hamstrings try lunges, backward knee flexes, leg curls and yoga poses such as backbends, bridge and the chair pose.