Ready to hit the slopes?

Gone are the days of November… there’s finally snow! Many people are looking forward to hitting the slopes at our alpine and cross-country ski centres. Then there’s snowshoeing, which is already very popular, and the number of trails is increasing all the time. What all these activities have in common is that they put a lot of strain on the lower body, and it’s a good idea to get properly prepared before hitting the slopes and trails. Here’s some advice:

Winter sports put a lot of strain on the legs and ankles. To avoid injury, it’s important to strengthen your muscles. You can easily find a series of exercises on the web, or from a kinesiologist.

Strengthen your ankles: the pink flamingo exercise is an excellent way to strengthen your ankles. Barefoot, stand on one foot and place the other foot on the opposite knee for 1 minute each leg.

Strengthen your knees: stand on one foot with your leg bent. The aim is to stay in this position for as long as possible, repeating the exercise. This exercise strengthens the muscles around the knee and protects them during winter sports.

Improve your balance: on one foot, hop on the spot. You can also do this exercise on an unstable support.

Work on your cardio: skiing and skating are intense physical activities that put a lot of strain on the cardiovascular system. Don’t overlook the benefits of running, stationary cycling, swimming, or rowing to prepare for the cold season.

Stretch: stretching is important for preventing injury and improving flexibility. Stretch: stretching is important for preventing injury and improving flexibility. Stretching should be gentle and progressive.

Stay hydrated: it’s important to drink enough water before, during, and after exercise to avoid dehydration. Prepare your favourite hot drink or a broth that you can put in your rucksack or in an inside pocket of your jacket.

Adjust your diet: winter sports are intense physical activities that require a lot of energy. Choose foods rich in complex carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats. Avoid fatty, sugary, and processed foods.

Hopefully this advice will help you prepare your body for winter sports. There’s no better reason to get out and play. Enjoy the season and have fun on the slopes!


By Roger Lemay