Chiropractic Care: How to Prepare For a Ski TripMarch 15, 2019
Skiing is a popular winter and early springtime activity, but it can be hard on your body if you are not prepared for it.
If you do not take measures to get your body in shape for the strain that skiing puts on you and the elements that you will be subjected to, you will likely not have as good of a time, and you could possibly injure yourself. Here are some tips from your local chiropractor to get your body ready for a ski trip:
Stabilize Your Spine
Particularly if you already have spine problems, skiing can potentially aggravate those and cause you more pain if you are not careful. This is why it is very important to get regular chiropractic adjustments as you are nearing your winter wonderland getaway. These chiropractic adjustments will make sure that your spine can withstand the additional movement and strain, and it will help you maintain spinal stabilization.
Build Your Endurance
Skiing burns a lot of calories and wears out your muscles pretty quickly, so if you are not in shape, you could find yourself if a pretty miserable position on top of a mountain. To ensure that you can endure the elements and the strenuousness of skiing, start participating in more intensive cardio activities. Start by doing fifteen minutes of cardio a day and work your way up to at least an hour because you will definitely be out on the slopes for longer than that!
Increase Your Flexibility
The ability to move freely and fluidly is what sets great skiiers apart from good ones. For some, this flexibility comes naturally, but most people have to practice this. To increase your flexibility, you should perform some chiropractic-approved exercises, like doing spinal twists and torso rotations. It’s a smart idea to get into the habit of pushing your body to its limits before you get out onto the slopes!
Taking ten or fifteen minutes to warm up before you put on your skis is truly one of the easiest and most effective ways to prepare your body for skiing and prevent injuries that would require chiropractic care. Prior to putting on your boots, do fifty jumping jacks and ten to fifteen air squats to get your heart pumping and your muscles ready for action. Studies have shown that warming up is crucial to preventing the most common exercise-related injuries!
Finally, treat your body right by providing it with the proper fuel it needs to function. All the chiropractic care in the world will not prepare you for an intense outdoor activity if your body has not received the nutrients it needs. Starting a couple of weeks before your ski trip, fill your diet with lean proteins, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and healthy carbs (like whole grains). Continue this habit throughout your ski trip, making sure to consume healthy and hearty meals even during your downtime.