Competitive skiing is a rough sport that places a lot of strain on the human body. In order to be successful at it the athlete needs to spend a lot of time on the hill practicing and maneuvering to become world class at their sport. The numerous winter sports all have their own set of challenges to overcome and without proper recovery and maintenance days built in you may find you ski fitness levels starting to drop off.

 

The body needs to have one or two days each week designated only for recovery and regeneration of muscles and tendons otherwise you may find yourself winding up with more injuries sitting on the sidelines for an extended period of time. If you include basic ski fitness drills into your recovery days and include maintenance days as well you may find that your body recovers quicker leading to fewer injuries and enhanced performances.

 

Recovery Days

A recovery day is designed to help your body to deal with the physical stress you place upon it during your hill training, cross country drills, as well as other rigorous ski fitness exercises. These days, sometimes called passive recovery days, include a lot of non impact exercises go help rebuild tissues and speed up the recovery process.

 

This could include:

  • Just resting
  • Massage
  • Foam Roll or Massage Stick Drills
  • Stretching
  • Using heat or cold therapy

 

All of these activities are good to do on your day off however they won't maintain your current level of ski fitness. They are solely designed to help your body recuperate and overcome the stressful training sessions.

 

Maintenance Days

The maintenance day, also called active recovery, is a must for any in-season workout because it will help your body recovery faster, while maintaining your current level of ski fitness. Activities that are good for a maintenance day could be active stretching drills using band as well as moderate aerobic activity. These days, which should be done 3 to 4 times per week, use general ski fitness exercises to help your muscles rebuild broken tissues. The stretching drills you should focus on should be developed around the activity you participate in. The drills shouldn't be rigorous and stressful upon your body otherwise you will do more damage and slow your recovery time down drastically.

 

Becoming the best on the slopes doesn't mean you need to spend every day busting your butt in the gym or on the hills. A smart athlete understands the importance of balancing tough training days in with recovery and maintenance days. When your season is off and running the last thing you want to do is get hurt. These essential days will keep your ski fitness at a solid level as well as lessening your recovery time.

 

Article Title:   How to Enhance Your Recovery Time with Basic Ski Fitness Drills