Let's admit it, we get lazy this time of year.
While others spend their entire their summer getting their bods beach-ready, we’re just recovering. Come warm weather season, our bodies are sore and worn out after another season stuffing our feet into ski boots and destroying our legs, not to mention our livers.
While it may not seem like it, it’s going to start snowing again soon. Now is the perfect time to dust off those old ski muscles and get back into peak winter shape. Here's a list of the best off-season training tips to get your body skiing ready.
1. While watching TV, sit down and stand up from your couch a few times. This amazing core exercise is great practice for catching chairlifts all season.
2. Have a small child lightly punch your knees for two to four hours a day. Summer is a dangerous time to let your body get weak, and keeping your knees in constant pain will help you prepare for the season ahead.
3. Don’t skip a day of drinking. Having beers with your friends at 3 p.m. four to five days a week is a great way to keep on top of your Après Game.
4. For racers, slaloming traffic cones with your car in construction zones on the highway will keep your reaction time sharp for bashing gates come snow season.
5. Toss on your full kit and a big pair of mittens at work. This will help you regulate your body temperature for when it starts to cool off. Use the bathroom regularly. It’s also good to practice dropping ski pant trou with your mittens on so you don’t lose one in the snow come winter.
6. Wear your ski boots around the house. This is ideal for getting those lost toenails out of the way before the season starts, as you remind your feet that ski boots are the second most uncomfortable piece of sports equipment ever invented. (The first being the jock strap).
7. Eat only fried foods, since that's what you'll be doing all winter anyway, and your stomach needs to acclimatize to adequate grease levels. Meal times should be approximately 5:30 a.m. for breakfast, 4 p.m. for lunch, and whenever the bar gets out for dinner.
8. Take a nap. You'll need all the rest you can get.