How to Get Ready for Snowboarding
Grab your helmet and board and get ready for snowboarding! But before you head out there, you need to prepare for all those movements. Not preparing can result in a nasty injury that will have you sitting it out all winter long, even longer too.
Proper exercise to prepare for snowboarding is essential. Why? Because you need to maintain correct form to maximize your movements on those snowy hills. As you make your way through a day of snowboarding, fatigue sets in and causes you to drop that form. Your legs may feel weaker and you may be unable to position your board in the right direction with the speed it takes.
Here’s what you should focus on during training your body before you get out there in the snow.
– Engage your body for those challenging movements
If you live in a lower altitude most of the year, snowboarding can be even more aerobically challenging for you. To prepare, you should do aerobic exercises to help extend your range of motion as well as tolerate lower oxygen levels. You need to enhance flexibility in your hips and lower body too to prevent injuries from snowboarding.
– Make muscles stronger
Weak muscles in your legs can make you more prone to being hurt. Your legs get tired from these movements. That’s why now is the time to work on your lower body muscle strength. Your hamstrings, glutes, quads, thighs, and calves all need proper attention. With strong muscles, you increase both your endurance and your stamina, allowing you to last longer out there on your board.
– Practice your balance
Snowboarding is a sport that requires impeccable balance. You have to keep your body stacked right over your board. Flexibility and core strengthening exercises will help you when it comes to snowboarding. That’s because you’ll be changing directions and pace very quickly and your body needs to keep up.
– Work on your heart rate
If you’ve never been snowboarding before, it is important that you know how it impacts your body. It is exhausting because you’re working nearly every muscle your body has. To train well, HIIT or high intensity interval training, is a good idea. This type of exercise is done in short bursts of intense activity. With these workouts, your body will better be able to handle those long days of snowboarding. As a side bonus, HIIT workouts will help strengthen your heart while improving the capacity in your lungs.
It’s almost time to go snowboarding, so make use of it wisely. Get a personal trainer that can help you reach your optimum fitness level for this sport. No need to go anywhere…let In Your Home Therapy come to you with fitness experts that know what to do to get you ready!