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ISSUE: Stay well this Winter!
STAY WELL THIS 3
Hello Fitness Fans!
NUTRITION FOR WIN- 4 I am very glad to introduce you to my actual December 2008
issue of KieFit Journal. “Happy and Healthy Life in Winter”
inspires you for maintaining and upgrading your fitness. Start
3 SUREFIRE WAYS TO 5
KEEP WEIGHT OFF reading, now!
DIET TRENDS - THE 6
Start reading now and get inspired from KieFit Journal for a
DIETS TO WATCH OUT Happy and Healthy Life in Winter Season!
FOR IN 2009
HOMEOPATHY - HOW 7 Go Fit and Healthy Through Winter Season! This is our
IT WORKS AND WHY
YOU SHOULD BE
KieFit Journal motto for this December edition in 2008.
YOUR WINTER RUN- 8
TRY THIS 3-POINT
Learn about the winter athletes nutrition (Page 4) and effec-
PLAN OVER THE WIN-
TER MONTHS AND tive diet trends in 2009 (Page 6). What do you know about
COME BACK STRONG
IN THE SPRING alternative medicine? On Page 7 you can read how Home-
COLD WEATHER RUN- 9
opathy works and when you should use it to support your
NING SAFETY TIPS health. Stay fit through the whole winter. In KieFit Journal
7 BETTER TIPS FOR
you will discover three most important information about your
THE WINTER EXERCI- winter running plan.
ALPINE SKIING - A 11 This KieFit Journal issue gives you seven efficient tips for
your successful winter training (Page 10).
WHY MOST SKI WOR- 12
Yours in healthy! Heidi
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STAY WELL THIS WINTER 3
Stay Well This Winter
By Brenda Williams
Winter brings snow and the a glass, it is easy for germs crowds are thinner. Many
fun snow sports, along with to transfer from one to an- cold and flu viruses are air-
holidays such as Thanksgiv- other. And toothbrushes are borne. In crowded stores you
ing, Christmas and Valen- also subject to contamination are exposed to other peo-
tine's Day. But along with the from airborne germs. Run ples' coughs and sneezes
fun comes the not so fun hot water over your brush making it very easy to catch
colds and flu. Probably the after use or rinse it in perox- cold.
reason that the common cold ide or mouthwash. And when you use restrooms
is so named is because it is Encourage family members in public buildings, don't
so common. Yet it is possible to wash their hands more throw away the paper towel
to survive the cold and flu often. They definitely need to you dry your hands with.
season without coming down do this after using the rest- Save it and use it to open the
with a cold. One
door exiting the
secret to doing this
is building a strong
immune system. Also, in addition to
your daily Java,
One enemy of your
treat yourself to a
immune system is cup of Ginseng
lack of rest. You tea. Researchers
may even notice
that when some that 100 mg of gin-
stressful activity seng taken every
demands that you
day can reduce
burn the midnight your risk of catch-
oil, you catch cold ing cold or coming
down with the flu.
During periods of If you don't care
deep sleep, your for the taste of the
body is busy re-
tea, try a supple-
plenishing its stock ment. Ginseng is readily
of white blood cells. And room and before and after
available in health food
white blood cells are your eating.
stores and nutrition centers.
body's infection fighters. So it Also, increase your intake of
is important to get a good Employing these simple
Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps strategies can ensure that
night's sleep. And it doesn't strengthen delicate nose and
heart to work in a little extra. you have a healthy, happy,
throat membranes, prevent-
Sleep late on Saturday or sniffle-free winter.
ing penetration by cold and
Sunday guilt free. You aren't flu germs. Vitamin E is also
lazy; you are saving time, beneficial as it increases
energy, and money for medi-
your immune system's ability
cal bills by strengthening
to attack invading flu viruses.
your immune system.
Exercise, even in small incre-
Take some extra time to ments, also helps power your
germ proof your home. Open
immune system. This can be
your windows and air out just a fifteen-minute walk in
your house. Stale, heated air the morning, at lunch or after
invites germs and provides
dinner. However, if you al-
an environment for them to ready have a cold or the flu,
thrive. Mix bleach with water suspend the exercise until
and wipe down doorknobs,
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NUTRITION FOR WINTER 4
Nutrition for Winter Athletes
By Elizabeth Quinn, http://About.com
Athletes who participate in cold weather ac- Ideal foods are complex carbohydrates con-
tivities have a variety of special needs when sumed 2 hours prior to exercise. Soups, chili,
it comes to performing at an optimal level bread, bagels, pasta with tomato sauce
while staying comfortable and safe as tem- baked potatoes, cereals, peanut butter, lean
peratures drop. meat, and low-fat cheese are good choices.
But how you fuel your exercise in the cold It's also important to eat continually to re-
can also help you perform your best and stay place carbohydrate stores that are being
comfortable and safe. Proper nutrition can used for exercise and warming. If you don't
help regulate your core temperature, and replace this energy you will likely feel more
keep your body warm while fueling your mus- fatigued and chilled. Children get hungrier
cles. In the summer it's easy to sweat to more often and fatigue quicker. This is espe-
regulate your temperature and remove ex- cially important for children. Plan ahead and “Winter athletes
cess heat. In cold weather, you need this bring energy bars, chocolate bars, trail mix, need to
heat to stay warm. bananas, sandwiches or something that you consciously
like and will eat.
In the cold weather your body temperature Recommendations for Cold Weather Nutri-
tion fluids to replace
normally drops. Your metabolism increases
to warm and the water that
humidify the air gets lost via
you breathe respiration. “
and you tend to
more calories to
cold, dry air
body to warm
that air and with
tion, you lose
amounts of wa-
ter. Winter ath-
letes need to consciously drink more fluids to
replace the water that gets lost via respira- • Drink plenty of water
tion. Add this to a decreased desire to drink • Eat a variety of high carbohydrates
(the thirst mechanism is reduced in cold foods
weather) and you can see why one of the
biggest nutritional needs during winter exer- • Plan to eat a small snack every 30-45
cise is replacing lost fluids and getting proper minutes (100-200 calories)
hydration. Dehydration is one of the main • Eat warm or hot food when possible
reasons for reduced performance in the cold. • Decrease caffeine consumption
• Don't drink alcohol. Alcohol dilates the
When it comes to eating during cold weather blood vessels and increases heat loss.
exercise, warm foods are ideal, but not very • And finally, it's important for winter
practical. The problem with cold foods and athletes to have an emergency food
fluids is that they can chill the body. In sum- source with them. This is beyond what
mer, this cooling effect is helpful during exer- you plan to eat. Hide an extra energy
cise, but in winter hot foods are the better bar somewhere just in case
KEEP WEIGHT 5
3 Surefire Ways to Keep Weight Off During Christmas
By Jan Staylek
The holiday season is the season of weight meals, you will feel satiated very quickly!
gain. No matter how hard you try, you are Also try to be happy after you have finished
sure to put on a few extra pounds after the your meal, as depression usually triggers
holiday season is over. In fact, a lot of peo- hunger pangs. If you really want to have a
ple gain weight during Christmas. And if taste of all the courses, you can have small
you throw all caution to the winds and in- portions of each course!
dulge yourself to your heart's content, then
don't be surprised if the scales tilt too low 3. Exercise hard: Just because it is Christ-
after a few weeks! mas doesn't mean that you will sit back
and relax on your couch the entire day.
Does that mean that you should be eating Working out a bit daily will surely not ruin
boring, low-calorie foods even during your Christmas joys; if anything, those
Christmas? Of course not! There are ways workouts would help you stay fit.
to enjoy Christmas and still keep your
Exercising doesn't mean hitting the gym
weight in check. In this article I will tell you
about just that. everyday like mad; in fact, even a simple
walking trip would do a lot good to your
1. Eat moderately and exercise self-control: body. Remember that exercises will not
Just because it is Christmas doesn't mean only keep you fit and healthy, but also burn
that you will let yourself loose and eat just those extra calories that you would con-
about everything you could lay your hands sume during the holiday season!
on! If you are going to a party with the idea
of eating everything offered there, I sug- And try to get rid of the couch; I would say
gest you stay at home instead! that nothing is more detrimental to your
health than the fatal combo of couch and
Don't think that you could lose all the extra television!
weight quickly in January, because putting
on weight is a lot Pick up your to-
easier than losing tally free report
it! So it makes on losing weight
sense to exercise for Christmas by
a bit of self- visiting my weight
control when you loss website.
hit a Christmas
party. You should
eat only those
foods which you
like the most and
else! The chance
of weight gain is
still there, but
your body weight
would still be un-
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2. Enjoy what you eat: A lot of us end up
overeating more to derive comfort from
foods rather than out of hunger! This prob-
lem won't occur if you enjoy each and
every bite you have! If you enjoy your
DIET TRENDS 2009 6
Diet Trends - The Diets to Watch Out For in 2009
By Simon Lovell
As always, next year will see a plethora of reduce the risk of a heart attack with a plan
diet books hitting the shelves all over the and recipes included. This book has a great
world, but which are the real gems to look story behind it and with men in uniform; this
out for? These are the diets that will surely one is set to be a winner with the ladies on
be in the eyes for Oprah's viewers next year. many fronts!
You can pre-order from Amazon.com and
The Lunch Box Diet
Release Date: Your Big Fat Boy-
January 5th 2009 friend
From a bullied teen Release Date: 1st
to a hot British per- January 2009 Ac-
sonal trainer, this cording to re- “Womans world
eating plan comes search, a woman is said it
from personal ex- very likely to put on
perience and after weight when in a
a huge internet relationship. As the Star Results'
buzz surrounding title of the book and 'The
his orignal 10 page suggests, a Easiest Diet'. “
ebook, the simple woman's 'big fat
eat all day ap- boyfriend' is likely
proach with no to be the cause of
calorie counting is weight increase.
set to be a winner with dieters looking for a The book looks into the differences between
fresh new approach that eradicates hunger male and female metabolisms and why it's
pangs. The 224 page printed book is set to important to know that you can't always eat
offer a 28 day plan as well as a wide selec- the same as him. Plus there's set to be use-
tion of tasty lunch box recipes. The media ful tips on how to get your man active, sensi-
has already taken to the diet. In top fashion ble ideas, quizzes and more. Unusual yes,
magazine Elle they rated it 5/5 stars saying but Your Big Fat Boyfriend could be a good
'the best diet I've ever done' and 'a way of read while pushing across quite a sensible
life'. Womans world said it produced 'Gold issue.
Star Results' and 'The Easiest Diet'. You can
pre-order The Lunch Box Diet book from
The Engine 2 Diet
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Texas fire-fighter received a high cholesterol Copyright (c) 2008 SCL Health & Fitness
reading of 334, something had to be done to For breakthrough expert weight loss tips visit http://
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born. A strictly vegetarian approach, the diet
will be a safe bet for anyone who wants to
HOMEOPATHY Seite 7
Homeopathy - How it Works and Why You Should Be Using It
By Sue Merriam
Homeopathy stimulates your own By making careful records of these Because each remedy fits a particular
immune system to heal itself. While symptoms, he was able to later use group of symptoms, only one remedy
conventional medicine looks at symp- this documentation to treat illnesses is given at a time. That way, the ho-
toms as bad - and tries to suppress with the same symptoms. meopathic physician can painstak-
them - this more natural approach Encouraged by these findings, Hah- ingly find the right remedy for you.
sees your body's various reactions to nemann reopened his practice, this So what are the benefits of this medi-
disease as a positive force to expel time using the new medicine he had cine?
an illness. Coughing clears phlegm discovered. But there were problems.
from your lungs. Conventional medi- Homeopathic medicine is incredibly
The substances he used, particularly effective and works fast - sometimes
cine suppresses that cough, but ho- the poisons, had sometimes danger-
meopathy helps you produce a as soon as you put it in your mouth.
ous side effects (sound familiar?).
deeper, Also, it's safe. Because it's diluted -
Then, purely by chance, he discov-
more productive cough for faster and ered that by diluting the substances in not just once, but thirty times or more,
complete healing. water, vigorously shaking the contain- there are no harmful side effects. It
ers that held them and then diluting either works, or you've chosen the
them and shaking them again, the wrong remedy and it doesn't. Babies
The History of Homeopathy and pregnant women can take this
newly diluted substances caused
This system of medicine was devel- wonderful medicine without worries.
oped in the late
1700s by Samuel
cian who was
frustrated with the then "orthodox"
even stronger symptoms than the with it. Plus, it's not addictive. As
practice of bloodletting, giving mer-
original substances, but without the soon as you get better, you stop tak-
cury and arsenic and other popular
harmful side effects. Now, he was ing it. Your body never becomes de-
practices that he thought did more
onto something big. pendent upon homeopathic medicine
harm than good. He had left medicine
Eventually, he developed the three the way it could on regular drugs.
and supported his family by translat-
ing medical texts. One day he read a principles of homeopathy: It's a holistic treatment, which means
claim that it was the bitter and astrin- Like cures like. homeopathic medicine treats the
gent qualities of Peruvian bark - In other words, if you have malaria, whole body - your mind, your body
which contains quinine - that cured and a substance - like Peruvian bark - and your emotions. Instead of target-
malaria. when taken in several doses causes ing a single symptom - the way con-
Hahnemann didn't believe this and those malaria symptoms, then you ventional medicine would - homeo-
set out to prove the theory wrong. He should take Peruvian bark, or quinine. paths look at the whole picture.
made an even more bitter and astrin- The minimal dose. So why isn't everyone using this mar-
gent mixture that did nothing to cure velous medicine?
The smaller the amount of the original
malaria. Then he decided to test the
substance, the more powerfully itBecause it's time consuming. A ho-
physiological effects of the bark on
works. Instead of taking a teaspoon
meopath can't just spend ten minutes
himself by taking small doses. Even-
of Peruvian bark, take a diluted - and
with you and find a cure. Instead, a
tually, his body reacted to the bark
shaken - form of it instead. good homeopathic physician will de-
and he developed symptoms very
similar to malaria. He began to won- vote at least an hour with you on your
first consultation, asking all sorts of
der if the reason Peruvian bark cured The single remedy.
malaria was because it caused even questions and noting not just your
Hahnemann - and those who followed symptoms, but your personality, likes
stronger malaria symptoms than the his works - carefully studied the ef- and dislikes, even hair and skin color.
disease itself. fects of each remedy on the human All are crucial factors in finding the
A New and Safer Approach to Medi- body. Many of the homeopathic phy- right remedy for you.
cine sicians did this by taking the reme-
dies themselves and carefully re-
cording the results. These findings Sue Merriam is author of the website, Organic
He began to experiment on other Gardening and Homesteading.
were later gathered and printed in
natural substances and even poisons,
books that homeopaths now study to http://www.organic-gardening-and-
taking them in small, regular doses homesteading.com
learn which remedies suit which
and recording the effects they had on
symptoms a patient is experiencing.
YOUR PLAN OVER WINTER Seite 8
YOUR WINTER RUNNING PLAN
Try this 3-point plan over the winter months and come back strong
in the spring
By Ed Eyestone
Winter is one of my favorite times to run. I'll you down faster than a frigid north wind.
take the beauty of fresh tracks on new Even if your next race is months away,
“The fact is,
snow over slogging through heat and hu- tempo runs will keep you inoculated
midity any day. But not everyone agrees. against the ravages of lactic acid.
base over the
During my first year as a college coach, I
had a freshman who raced in the NCAA
And fartlek sessions--my winter speedwork critical to
cross-country championships but then dis-
of choice--will help you maintain your VO2 successful
appeared for the next six weeks. When he
max. These fast-paced runs also recruit spring
returned, I asked where the heck he'd
fast-twitch muscle fibers that would other- running.”
been. "Coach," he said, "in high school I
ways took a few months off after cross- wise remain dormant when only doing easy
country." My exasperated reply was "This miles. And doing strides will help keep your
ain't high school!" sprint mechanics in working order.
Needless to say, this freshman was a non- Plan Ahead: Put the date of your first
factor in the track season. The fact is, spring race on your calendar. Then your
maintaining a base over the winter is criti- second. These forecasted races provide
cal to successful spring running. During a motivation. And they let you know when
long training hibernation, the principle of your training should begin, which might be
reversibility kicks in: When exercise ends, well before spring.
detraining begins. One study showed that
with just seven days of not training, blood
volume dropped sharply. Loss of blood vol-
ume directly affects your ability to perform
aerobic work. Within three to six weeks of
inactivity, your fitness can drop to pretrain-
Today, when I send my guys off for the
winter break, I give them a gift: a three-
point plan to stay fit and come back fresh in
spring. So can you.
The less activity, the quicker the free fall
into detraining, so keep a running base of
at least three nonconsecutive days a week
of no less than 50 percent of your usual
mileage. Cross-training can help keep your
fitness high, but remember that only run-
ning makes you running fit.
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beneficial physically and mentally. But ex-
tending a break longer than that can slow
COLD WEATHER RUNNING Seite 9
Cold Weather: Running Safety Tips
By Christine Luff Running / Jogging Guide / http://running.about.com
Falling temperatures and Dress in Layers you're wet, change your
fewer daylight hours don't Start with a thin layer of syn- clothes and get to warm shel-
mean that your outdoor run- thetic material such as poly- ter as quickly as possible. If
ning routine has to go into hi- propylene, which wicks sweat you suspect hypothermia --
bernation for the winter. Run- from your body. Stay away characterized by intense shiv-
ning through the cold weather from cotton because it holds ering, loss of coordination,
can help shake those winter the moisture and will keep you slurred speech, and fatigue --
blues, improve your energy wet. An outer, breathable layer get emergency treatment im-
level, and guarantee that you'll of nylon or Gore-Tex will help mediately.
be in better shape once bath- protect you against wind and Stay Hydrated
ing suit season rolls around. precipitation, while still letting Despite the cold weather,
Follow these tips to run safely out heat and moisture to pre- you'll still heat up and lose flu-
and comfortably through wintry vent overheating and chilling. ids through sweat. Cold air
weather: If it's really cold out, you'll also has a drying effect, which
Watch for Frostbite need a middle layer, such as can increase the risk of dehy-
On really cold days, make polar fleece, for added insula- dration. Make sure you drink
sure you monitor your fingers, tion. More Tips on Dressing water or a sports drink before,
toes, ears, and nose. They for Winter Weather during, and after your run.
may feel numb at first, but they Check With Your MD Falling temperatures and
should warm up a few minutes Cold air can trigger chest pain fewer daylight hours don't
into your run. If you notice a or asthma attacks in some mean that your outdoor run-
patch of hard, pale, cold skin, people. Before braving the ning routine has to go into hi-
you may have frostbite. Get elements, talk to your doctor if bernation for the winter. Run-
out of the cold immediately you have any medical condi- ning through the cold weather
and slowly warm the affected tions or concerns about exer- can help shake those winter
area. If numbness continues, cising outdoors. blues, improve your energy
seek emergency care. Avoid Overdressing level, and guarantee that you'll
Pay Attention to Tempera- You're going to warm up once be in better shape once bath-
ture and Wind Chill you get moving, so you should ing suit season rolls around.
If the wind is strong, it pene- feel a little bit chilly when you Follow these tips to run safely
trates your clothes and re- start your run. A good rule of and comfortably through wintry
moves the insulating layer of thumb: Dress as if it's 20 de- weather:
warm air around you. Your grees warmer outside than it Remember Sunscreen
movement also creates wind really is. Sunburn is still possible in the
chill because it increases air Don't Forget Your Head winter because the snow re-
movement past your body. If About 40% of your body heat flects the sun's rays. Protect
the temperature dips below is lost through your head. your lips with lip balm, too.
zero or the wind chill is below Wearing a hat will help prevent Take It Easy When It's
minus 20, hit the treadmill in- heat loss, so your circulatory Frigid.
stead. system will have more heat to You're at greater risk for a
Protect Your Hands and Feet distribute to the rest of the pulled muscle when running in
As much as 30% of your body body. When it's really cold, the cold, so warm up slowly
heat escapes through your wear a face mask or a scarf and run easy on very cold
hands and feet. On mild days, over your mouth to warm the days. Save your tough work-
wear gloves that wick moisture air you breathe and protect outs for milder days or in-
away. Mittens are a better your face. doors.
choice on colder days be- Get Some Shades Be Visible
cause your fingers will share The glare from snow can It's best to avoid running in the
their body heat. You can also cause snow blindness, so dark but, if you have to run at
tuck disposable heat packets wear sunglasses (polarized night, wear reflective gear and
into your mittens. Add a wick- lenses are best) to avoid this light-colored clothing. Dress in
ing sock liner under a warm problem. bright colors if you're running
polar fleece or wool sock, but Don't Stay in Wet Clothes in the snow.
make sure you have enough If you get wet from rain, snow, Run Into the Wind
room in your running shoes to or sweat in cold temperatures, If you head out into the wind, it
accommodate these thicker you're at an increased risk for will be at your back at the end
socks. hypothermia, a lowering of of your workout, when you're
your body temperature. If sweaty and could catch a chill.
WINTER EXERCISES Seite 10
7 Better Tips for The Winter Exercises
Though individuals find the summer exer- 6. At your office try not to email or phone
cises much more effective, easy and full of your coworkers, get up from your seat and
fun. As they have plenty of options avail- walk up to your coworkers. This will also
able for their exercising schedule and rou- help you burn your fats and would be an
tine and they also have a lot of fun activi- alternative to the exercises.
ties available in the summer season.
7. At the last try to play the winter games
If you are living in an area where it is cold as much as you can. Try to enjoy the ice-
through out the year and you have no alter- skating or snowshoeing, as it would surely
native but to exercise in winter than you help you burn a lot many calories while
need to look at some of these tips, which playing.
will help you make your winter exercises
more comfortable and more effective. If These were some of the tips that would
you are aware of these facts than the icy help you exercise and burn more calories
roads and the cold temperatures outside in the extreme winter weathers.
won't hinder your exercise at all.
1. Firstly collect all your favorite fitness vid- Finding the perfect Workout Routines takes
eos and find a space indoor at your home time and effort. These best workout rou-
that can be a hall or even the basement. tines is a great place to start if a person is
Gather all your required equipments and interested in flat abs. The P90X workout
your exercising tools in you exercising routines is also another workout that will
area. If you will have all the equipments, help develop flat abs.
the right space indoor and all your favorite help you walk
videos with you than you will surely have few extra steps
no excuse for the workout or influence of and would help
the cold weather outside. you burn more
2. It's better to walk around your favorite of your fats
shopping mall and around your favorite without any
brand stores. It would help you burn more additional
of your calories and help you keep yourself workouts.”
3. Try to park further away from the grocery
stores, shopping malls, and markets and
try to walk to your destination. This would
help you walk few extra steps and would
help you burn more of your fats without any
4. When at shopping malls or outdoors, try
to use stairs instead of the elevators or
escalators. This will help you burn a lot
more calories, and meanwhile you will
reach your destination.
5. If it rains or snows outside use your
pathways, garages or floors at your office
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trips as you can from one floor to another expert=Jesse_Miller
at your office.
ABOUT SKI WORKOUT Seite 12
Why Most Ski Workout Programs Don't Strengthen Your Legs Or Endurance and
By Matt Taylor
Whenever you pick a skiing magazine... you rate wall squats or wall sits in the workouts.
are going to see articles written by so called
ski fitness "expert" recommending that you do Although this exercise is OK... it isn't the best
his specific ski workout... and to be honest with or optimal for skiers! But much better than
you... most of those ski workouts are what I those machine exercises by far...
would call bogus. Let's just define exactly what
As I said before, wall squats are not optimal
you SHOULD get out of an excellent and well-
designed ski workout -- the ability to train your exercises that improve your legs strength and
body to get stronger legs and core that can endurance over the full range of motion that
you will be using when downhill or crosscoun-
endure long skiing times without feeling fa-
tigue. Without feeling like "jelly legs!" Or much try skiing. But there are a dozen exercises that
worst, getting injured. I know of that are much, much better than
locking your joints over a period of time as an
And I don't know about you... but when I finally isometric exercises (wall squats).
show up at the slopes and it is a GREAT pow-
Another big red flag for the typical ski workouts
der day... the last thing I want to do is call it
quits after 2 to 3 hours. Or even get some nag- is they mostly ignore the right joint strength
ging injuries that cut our skiing season short. balance. To make it more simple... when you
are skiing... you are putting a lot of work on
Now let me tell you what is the problem that I your quads, hamstrings and glutes... and they
see with the traditional workout routines for must all work together. So what you want to do
skiers... most if not all the recommended skiing is find some exercises that strengthens the
are in- cle
frankly, have little to do with the actual move- groups as opposed to individually working out
ment while you ski. And to make things worst... each muscle.
you may be setting yourself up for a potential
And this is why most ski programs fail to
strengthen and protect your legs from injuries!
For instance, any workouts that involve the
use of machines -- leg presses, leg extensions Conclusion:
and leg curls. Not only those machine exer-
cises are incredibly boring... they are so dan- Finding the right ski workout program is critical
to your skiing success and shouldn't be treated
gerous that you should run... not walk away
from them. In my opinion... using the machine as an afterthought. You want a program that is
workouts can only set you up for injuries. It fun and challenging... one that incorporates
effective ski workouts that makes sense... so
won't help make your legs stronger. And it
won't increase your leg's endurance on the you can rule the powder on your ski vacation!
downhill slopes. If you want to get all the proper and effective
exercises that really work to get your legs in
And I say this because the machine workouts awesome shape to dominate the slopes this
have absolutely nothing to do with the actual coming season... then you should definitely
movements your legs make when skiing. They check out this, ski workout program called
usually follow unnatural patterns that are not Avalanche Ski Training manual. You will find
biomechanically correct. Doing so would cre- out the best kept secrets from a world class
ate excessive stress on your back and possi- fitness trainer that is also a ski nut!
ble injuries in the knees. Yikes! Avoid them...
Another ski exercise that is pretty common for
skiers is the wall squats.
In every skiing fitness program I've seen on
the Internet or the skiing magazines incorpo- Get more information at my website at: http://
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