Get in Shape for Winter Sports Season

Posted by Mary on August 11, 2011

I felt cooler air come in from the screen door next to me as I was on my spin bike this morning. My thoughts suddenly went back to an observation I made last evening while coming in from the barn, it is getting dark earlier. I have actually been aware of that since the June 21st Summer Solstice, but I chose to ignore that.

Mary on horse (2010_0720_mary)

As much as I love the Winter, I do enjoy the daylight. Actually that is the only thing here in Utah that I would love to change, more daylight during our wonderful winters. The temperatures are usually great and the snow fantastic, but it is just easier to exercise at 5:45am with daylight.

Fall is slowly approaching in the mountains and even though it is hot now, the cooler temperatures will soon be making an appearance. That means the winter snowsports season is getting closer, and we will be skiing and snowboarding soon enough, YEAH!

Last spring I attended a lecture given by one of our Intermountain PSIA clinicians. He explained all the different stresses that skiing and snowboarding place on our bodies, physically and biomechanically. This brings me to my focus; we all better start getting in shape for the season, especially if maintaining fitness isn’t a daily part of your routine yet. I say “yet” because it is my hope that more people everywhere will eventually take on a more active lifestyle and reap the benefits in every aspect of their lives. It is truly never too late.

Mary Waterfall (mary-waterfall)I have taught many types of fitness classes over the past 26 years, I started just before the birth of my daughter, getting my first of many certifications. It started as a hobby and became one of the best things I ever did for myself, and I’d like to think for others too.

This isn’t the place to tell you what fitness program is right for you. There are so many choices and places to get advice. I do want to tell you two things. It’s not New Years, but make a commitment to your health and well being before this winter, and enjoy the benefits/feeling you will get when you make your first turns of the season. 

Secondly, there is a book that may assist you and I think you will enjoy. It is a great, funny, easy read, and it could, like it did my sister Deb, at least change your thought process on exercise and all the benefits it provides as we age. Check out, “Younger Next Year”, by Chris Crowley and Dr. Harry Lodge. They wrote both a men and women’s version, and I am enjoying it thoroughly.

See you out there on the slopes!





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Comment posted by Katherine Smith on November 26, 2012 5:55 PM MST

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