With the Winter Olympics in Sochi in full flight, taking to the snow may be tempting for some. With dry ski slopes and indoor skiing centres accessible around London, this doesn’t even mean taking to ‘real’ snow.
While taking to the slopes can be great fun and provide a great form of exercise, there is a risk of injury. As with every type of exercise making sure you prepare your body before undertaking exercise plays a vital role in avoiding injuries.
Here are a few tips to ensure you stay safe before you hit the slopes:
Start training your muscles – skiing and snowboarding will have you using muscles you may not even know you. Some great forms exercises that you can start doing that will prepare your body include squats, sit ups and cycling.
Get balanced – Good balance is the key to skiing. Get yourself a wobble board to improve your balance and build up your ankle muscles.
Bounce around – To build up and work out your ‘skiing muscles’ use a mini trampoline.
Roll along – To develop good posture get a pair of roller blades and get out and about on them.
Get yourself checked out – it’s often easier to turn one or way than another when starting out as a skier or snow boarder. Often this is not simply down to technique it’s down to your body. A chiropractor will be able to assess you and identify areas of weakness that you may need to work on.
Hitting the slopes or you may be suffering with a pain that won’t go away – why not visit us at Muswell Hill Chiropractic in North London and find out how we may help you.