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post #1 of 8
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Hello all,

 

I have neglected my exercises for some time. Got through some skiing this winter, and it was a pretty good season for me after taking a few seasons very slowly with a new baby. But I'd like to get in great shape and keep it going forward. Obviously for skiing, but also more broadly.

 

The problem is I don't know where to start. I'd like to set goals and establish a program for myself and keep at it.

 

Where do I start?

 

Thank you very much in advance!

Umit

post #2 of 8

Start with your annual physical and your doctor's advice about starting an exercise program. Then go to a certified personal trainer (be careful about less than stellar certification outfits - trust but verify) and get a personal program developed.

 

ok - now that we have the professional advice that everyone ignores out of the way .....

 

Split your efforts between strength, aerobic, flexibility and balance exercises. Find a cross training activity that can cover a lot of those exercises via a fun activity. Identify your weak areas and focus on improving those. Core strength, balance skills and muscular imbalance between the hamstrings and the calf muscles are of particular concern to skiers. Realize that lessons to improve your skiing efficiency could pay off a lot quicker than a lot of exercising .... or that skiing inefficiently could also substitute for lot of exercising! And check out the fitness forum on Epic. You'll find lots of threads about specific exercises and conditioning programs over there. Your reps may vary!

post #3 of 8

I'd suggest picking up the book "Total Skiing". There's an entire section which is essentially Ski Fitness for Dummies. As a good dummy, I use it to guide my own workouts. 

post #4 of 8

Chris Fellows' book Total Skiing is a very intense training program for serious athletes seeking professional level results.

post #5 of 8

Join a Crossfit gym.  That's pretty much exactly what they're for.

 

Once you learn enough about exercising to be able to tailor your own plan to your needs, you can do that instead.

post #6 of 8

I suggest going for a walk. You've probably already got all the necessary "equipment". Maybe a "brisk" walk, maybe even throw in a little jogging. Then more jogging, some hiking, and a little trail running.

 

Maybe not as targeted as some training routines, but it is a start, and you can add more targeted training along the way.

post #7 of 8

Start slow.

Goal 1 do something for 20 minutes every day.  Minimum is 20 minute walk.

20+ minute bike ride,

20+ minute jog,

20+ minute something you enjoy.

 

I got out of shape working late.  I had to deliberately schedule My exercise time after normal working ours to get back in.   I started with goal 1 and am now getting into a little better shape. 

 

Ultimately you should do something you like.  Karate is IMHO a very good exercise.  I'm currently working on my katas (I concentrate on one kata each day and do a dozen reps of it), but that's what I like.  You have to like it to do it.

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by lerops View Post
 

Hello all,

 

I have neglected my exercises for some time. Got through some skiing this winter, and it was a pretty good season for me after taking a few seasons very slowly with a new baby. But I'd like to get in great shape and keep it going forward. Obviously for skiing, but also more broadly.

 

The problem is I don't know where to start. I'd like to set goals and establish a program for myself and keep at it.

 

Where do I start?

 

Thank you very much in advance!

Umit

 

 

Ultimately it depends on where you are starting, what you are comfortable doing and how motivated you are to reach your goals.  I don't think you should try to get in shape for skiing.  I think you should try to get in great shape for your life and if you do it correctly, your skiing will benefit.  Focus on a whole body workout that covers strength, cardio, flexibility, range of motions and endurance from head to toe and you'll be in great shape for skiing.

 

What works for me, with emphasis on me, is currently I'm doing Yoga and can't tell you how much it has helped me with my ROM, flexibility, and strength.  Not so much for cardio so I do need to add that back in.  I started another thread about that here http://www.epicski.com/t/128148/first-yoga-class-starting-when-over-50

 

Have fun and stay at it.

 

Ken

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