Are You In Ski Shape?

Heavenly Ski AreaNow that ski resorts are open from coast-to-coast as the snow has been falling steadily over the past few weeks, it is time to ask yourself the question, “Am I ready for the ski season….physically?”

If the answer is, “maybe” or worse, “no”, it is time to get busy. In order to enjoy yourself the most on the mountain, skiing or snowboarding wise, being in good shape is pretty mandatory.

Additionally, for injury prevention, it has been proven that strengthening your muscles is one of if not the best ways to accomplish this.

Give yourself a deadline. So how about today? Do something, sit ups, push ups, stretching. Do anything, just do something to get you started.

There are so many ways to get into shape these days and many top athletes use a combination of training exercises. There’s the classic weight training, cross-fit, yoga, tri-athlete training and more.

Additionally, there’s so many exercises you can do if you are an office worker, planking, wall-seats, push ups, etc. And the same goes for those whose jobs require a lot of  travel.

So why start today? Simple, Thanksgiving is coming next week and if you do not start before this weekend, then the chances of starting between Thanksgiving and New Year’s would have to be fairly slim in my estimation. As it is already hard enough to keep on a routine that you have actively be doing leading up to the holidays.

Mountain BikingThere is not a better time in the world’s history to be active as there are so many accepted ways to do so now and so many other people doing them.

Find a partner, that way you can push them and they can push you. Plus, on the days that you are having trouble getting motivated and not wanting to let them down will force you into your exercise.

Skiing and snowboarding are physically demanding activities. The last thing you want is to have to tap out on a brilliant powder day.

You want that powder. You need that powder. You deserve that powder. So you have to be in shape in order to obtain that same powder.

For my biking and hiking activities, I use the Strava app on my Samsung Galaxy S4 to record my workouts. I do this for a few reasons.

The first is that I use it to track my mileage and elevation gains during my exercising. The second is that I use it for motivation. I can see at a glance when my last ride was or how many rides and miles I’ve ridden in the last week, month and year.

There are a variety of apps available that will help to keep you focused, motivated and also track all of your activities.

As for fitness programs, take a look at these to get you started.

There are so many ways to accomplish your workout goals. You can use the above links for exercises and apps to get you started. However, there are many, many more to choose from. So, start your routine, but keep looking and keep refining it until you find out which methods and activities work the best for you.

C’mon now, git’er done!