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How to make sure you're in good shape for skiing?

It is important to do some physical training before hitting the slopes so you can take full advantage of your stay in Savoie Mont Blanc. Here are some insider tips from a ski instructor: 

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In the run-up to your trip

Get in shape gradually 


Wit a bit of training

Start pre ski training 4 to 6 weeks before your trip to wake up your ski muscles and improve your cardio fitness. This gives you scope for around 15 one-to-two-hour workouts, three times a week. Why not get out your bike? There’s nothing like cycling to give your legs a full workout.

Go for a run or a short hike

Walking and running are also good options. It’s not a matter of going all out, just a few hours a week suffice. Don’t forget to focus on breathing steadily. A short jog or hike as a family is a good way to wake up the whole body and get oxygen flowing to the muscles. You can also do a few ab and glute workouts at home. 

Ready to set off for your ski holiday? Remember to stay safe on the roads as you travel. 

Before hitting the slopes

Take your time to 

Get acclimatised to the altitude

Once you arrive at the ski resort, don’t forget you may need some time to adjust to the altitude. Take a few hours to acclimatise.

Warm up

Making your way to the foot of the slopes in ski boots is a workout in itself. You can also do some warm-up exercises such as neck and wrist rotations (especially useful for snowboarders).

Check your pace

It’s best to start at your own pace. A lot of beginners make the mistake of overdoing it on the first day. There’s no need to speed ahead. It’s important to be aware of your own limits and to ski with people of your own ability, especially at the beginning. 
Before taking your first lesson, or embarking on a day’s skiing, warm up on a few straightforward runs which you are confident handling.  Don’t forget, most accidents happen on day 3, so beware! 

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After a day’s skiing

To help you recover

10 minute stretching exercices 

If you still have some energy left at the end of the day, spend 10 minutes doing some gentle stretches, focusing particularly on your legs and arms, while taking deep breaths. 

Do this just after you get back so your muscles are still warm and flexible. Stretching helps your body recover after skiing and reduces the risk of twists, sprains and tendinitis.