A healthy body is a happy body, especially come winter when the allure of fresh-fallen snow draws many to the slopes. Skiing and snowboarding can be a great form of exercise and recreation, but to get the most out of your time on the mountain, follow these simple tips to keep healthy.
Ramp up your cardio routine ahead of time.
Try to up your cardio game to three to five workouts a week in the months leading up to that first day on the slopes. This will help stave off injury and exhaustion.
Fuel your body with a nutritious breakfast.
Start your day off with a healthy, hearty breakfast to keep you energized throughout the day. Make sure to include some high-quality protein.
Know when to call it a day.
Most injuries on the mountain occur at the end of the day when fatigue overtakes proper form, making falls all the more likely.
Treat tired muscles to some stretching and rolling.
Hips, quads and hamstrings often get a heavy workout when skiing and snowboarding, so concentrate on these muscles during your après-ski stretching session.
There's nothing wrong with indulging in a couple of drinks at the end of a day on the snow, just be sure to make good choices. Beer, wine, vodka and soda are your best bets.
Don't forget to hydrate.
Even when it's cold outside, it's possible to get dehydrated. Remember to drink water (and lots of it) throughout the day.