We all know we should, but why? Let’s get under the skin of ski fitness with Neil Maclean-Martin, Sports Physio, author of SkiFit, Chamonix resident and skier, who feels ski fitness sometimes benefits others than just the skier…
Think of the ski instructors
You may think they have the best job on the planet, however can you imagine working all day, every day with people who are never going to reach their potential because they simply do not have the strength and endurance to ski correctly. Sure the best skiers make skiing look effortless but that is built on years of refining techniques and movements that have been practiced over and over again, none of which can happen without the underlying fitness that is ski specific.
Think of your accountant
What would your accountant have to say if you asked them whether or not you got value for money from your ski holiday. The equation would be, does the number of turns (i.e. return on investment) = the money spent on ski equipment and the holiday + the time spent away. Let’s adjust two factors, be fitter to increase the number of turns and also by starting to get fitter earlier you are thinking more about your skiing, you effectively extend your holiday as your training adds to the experience and helps you arrive psyched for it.
Finally, think of mountain rescue and hospital staff
Getting serious, we know that many injuries happen on the last run of the day. Tired legs and loss of concentration are the culprits. There are some factors that contribute to injuries that you can’t control on the mountain such as snow conditions, weather etc. But your own readiness to ski lies in your hands, or legs as the case may be. Don’t end up putting it in the hands of the rescue and medical teams (your accountant won’t like that either!).
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