Are you planning on going off piste this winter and hit the slopes? if you are, you may want to start getting ski fit now! To get the most out of any ski trip you may need to add some specific training drills that match the strains placed on the body when out on the slopes.
There are a number of components that need to be included in a pre ski regime if you want to be able to:
1. Stay upright! ( and have the strength to pick yourself up if you do fall)
2 Stay out longer and have the stamina to keep skiing.
3.Recover quickly and be ready to ski again next day
For instance one key element of fitness is Cardiovascular/respiratory fitness and we all know that regular Nordic walking will keep our heart and lungs functioning well.
There are actually 3 forms of cardiovascular fitness training you need to work on in order to gain total ski fitness and these are:-
- ENDURANCE – Long, slow distance training that will give you the endurance to be active all day and ski from the first to the last lift!
- STAMINA – Tempo training that will give you the stamina to produce more energy for longer periods so you can complete faster and longer runs
- INTENSITY – the fitness to turn on intense bursts of power when needed. Uphill climbs, sprints, moguls etc..
But we can help with that all year around, not just for the ski season. We shall be introducing Nordic Ski Fit sessions. Our Step Up and Stride Out program is a popular cardio session at several of our venues. We have partnered with Carters of Reading, an independent outdoor clothing company who specialise in ski wear and boot fittings. From late September we shall be introducing a special Ski Fit session after the shop has closed but they will stay open for us and to hand out hot chocolates and other refreshing beverages.
We will hold beginner sessions, introduce BungyPumps, our Step up and Stride Out sessions plus Janine’s unique blend of yoga and tai chi.
Nordic walking is not just about getting fit, and maintaining ski fitness, for the Ski season. It is a very popular outdoor activity in it’s own right with huge appeal for those wanting to get fitter and lose weight, for example. It is a very cheeky exercise in disguise that works the upper body as you walk with the lower body by adding in poles and the nordic walking technique. You are working 90% of the body’s muscles which takes the calorie burn up to 40%, or 70% with the BungyPumps, making it more effective than just ordinary walking. We have been revolutionising workout walks with our Nordic walking sessions through out Berkshire and is now a very popular sight. It is not just a saunter in the park. It is not just a mobility aid to help those with weak joints or balance issues. For those wanting a sociable fun outdoor activity, Nordic walking is the perfect choice. It has similar fluid dynamic movements of cross country skiing which again makes it a popular choice to maintain ski fitness.
Nordic walking has been helping our members with:
*Getting more toned
*Getting in to smaller clothes
*Improving back and postural issues
*Loving the new friends and social element of outdoor fun
*The online booking system makes it easy to plan, prepare and commit to health and fitness goals
*Totally addictive fun with variety and giggles.
It’s a sustainable exercise that fits in with agenda; everyone has to walk somewhere.
The roots of Nordic walking actually go back before Moses. Remember his walk in the desert? A single staff to aid walking has been around for centuries. yes, dreadful Nordic walking humour! To get us into the 20th Century, recognise that Finland is the home of some of the world’s best cross-country skiers. The sport is also known as “Nordic Skiing.” During their dry winters and short summers, it had been a challenge to keep at top performance on dry land.
Many reports say that in 1966, Leena Jääskeläinen, of Helsinki, introduced “walking with ski poles” to her students. Then in 1979, Mauri Repo (also of Finland) came up with an off-season cross-country ski-training method using poles on dry land. In 1998, American Tom Rutlin replicated flat skiing using lightweight poles to push off the ground in a motion very similar to Nordic Skiing. He coined the word: “Exerstriding.”
Nordic Walking is mainstream in Western Europe. Norway, Sweden, Demark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and other countries have adopted Nordic Walking as a fitness routine. Groups can be seen going around parks together or even inside shopping malls before the open. Some estimates claim that over 8 million people in Europe do Nordic Walking.
Our other key message is if you are planning to go skiing, chances are you are investing in time as well as money, for the kit, ski passes, location and other essentials. Have you also taken out holiday insurance? Medical Insurance? Many people who go skiing have not prepared their body. That’s when things go wrong and gets very expensive! Sure, insurance can cover most things, but it will certainly have a different ending to what you were dreaming of! If you are serious about having fun on holiday, then get serious of preparing your body for fun! We offer all you need to get ski fit such as the Nordic walking, which is how the Finnish and many Canadian, Americans and Europeans stay ski fit. Not only that, Nordic Walking is fun! That’s why we have the hashtag #gigglepower! We look forward to meeting.
If you haven’t booked a skiing trip, or any other holidays, we know a fabulous Travel Counsellor, Marie, who will listen to what you would like and do the searching for you. You just sit back, relax and dream!
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