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To be able to make the most out of your winter season, whether it lasts a week or a few months, and to make sure that snowboarding stays fun, it is important to be at your best level of fitness. Read on to discover our advice on how to start the season in great shape!

Snowboarding is a sport where the body alternates between bursts of intense effort and moments of release. The legs, abdominal muscles and heart, as well as the upper body and back muscles, are used to pull you up and get you in and out of your bindings.
The body must also adapt itself to an unusual environment, where it is subjected to the cold and wind. A well-prepared physique is the key to successfully getting back on your board: straight away, you will re-experience the good sensations, have fun and progress faster. You will feel less tired, despite the increase in activity. This will not only help you to avoid injury but also let you make the most of your après-ski sessions!

Good physical preparation should begin approximately 1-2 months before you get back on your snowboard. Strengthening your abs and thighs, endurance training, joint flexibility... it's all important but it should not have to be a chore. Here are my tips on how to work on your physical fitness every day while having fun!


Want the thighs and stomach of a world-class snowboarder?

You can't beat a bit of muscle building that you can do anywhere with a few simple exercises:

The chair, ideal for strengthening your quadriceps, at the front of your thighs.
Hamstrings, at the back of your thighs! This couldn't be easier; lie down on the floor with your arms by your sides, knees bent, and lift up your buttocks, keeping you hands flat against the ground, then go back down again. Repeat, breathing deeply each time.
Strengthening abdominal muscles as if you wanted to get a perfectly flat stomach. A few minutes a day, and you have a great figure all year round!

For a general workout and to maintain good endurance

Simply keep up a regular physical activity such as jogging, cycling, skipping rope, rollerblading or swimming. With these sports, you can work out, get some fresh air and keep fit without even realising.

For flexibility of joints and the upper body

Climbing is ideal. Even though you may not realise it at first, you will notice that your arms have to work really hard when you are snowboarding, especially when you are learning. So it is a good idea to prepare yourself before the start of the season, so that you stay motivated enough to get back out there once the first day is over!


My everyday tips:

  • Running!

    Make a habit of running every day: to get to your underground station, from the car to the office or all the way home.

  • Walking!

    Every day, before or after lunch, get off the bus or underground one stop early and walk 15 minutes more. If you get the chance, try to walk 1 to 2 hours over the weekend or in the evenings at a brisk pace, it's a great way to clear your head from everyday worries!

Finally, to make the most out of your return to the slopes, even if you feel perfectly fit and well prepared, always remember that you have to get back into it slowly, take frequent breaks, respect the safety rules and other people on the slopes, and don't forget to wear protective equipment.
And remember to relax during the après-ski!

 

Maud PAGE - UK
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