Snowboarding is a high intensity activity that requires much physical exertion. To meet the physical demands of this activity it is important to condition your body to help avoid injuries and improve your riding abilities.
Have you ever exercised so much that it made your whole body tired, that’s fatigue! Reducing fatigue will allow you to have longer , more fulfilling days on the slopes! Focusing on moderate to high intensity aerobic exercises like running, stair climbing, swimming, skating and bike riding will certainly help keep you in good physical shape. Playing other sports in the offseason such as basketball, baseball or softball can also help you maintain your physique. We recommend spending at least thirty minutes to one hour per day focusing on aerobic exercises.
Building Strength & Power
Building strength and power are important when engaging in high intensity physical activities. By increasing your strength and power you will boost your ability to snowboard at a higher level and improve your overall health and well-being. Resistance training is the foundation to building strength and power. Lifting weights regularly is a great exercise but it’s not the only method that works. Exercising with resistance bands, resistance harnesses and even your own body weight will also help you increase your strength and power. We recommend spending at least one to two hours per week focusing on this area.
Increasing Flexibility & Balance
Flexibility and balance are a vital part of keeping your body fit and able for snowboarding. Not only will these skills help you optimize your snowboarding abilities they will also help prevent injuries. You can maintain your flexibility in the offseason by stretching routinely. You can do stretching exercises on your own or if you’re interested in increasing your flexibility in a fun, social environment, yoga is a great exercise too. We recommend spending at least one to two hours per week improving your flexibility.
In order to maintain good balance you must understand how to focus your center of gravity. Good balance starts with a strong core, meaning the area of your body in-between your hips and shoulders. Keeping this area of your body in good form will help stabilize your spine, hips and shoulders and provide you with a stable base while snowboarding.
Another popular method for increasing your balance is exercising on a balance board and/or Bosu ball. These devices are specifically tailored to help build stability in the leg and core muscles, which will help you increase your overall balance. FamilyShred recommends at least one to two hours a week focused on balance exercises.
Fighting fatigue, building power and strength and increasing flexibility and balance are critical for optimizing your experience snowboarding. By focusing on exercises in these areas during the offseason, you will help reduce your risk of injury while extending the amount of time you’re on the hill. Create an offseason exercise routine that works for you and remember to include exercises that you truly enjoy doing.If you would like to share your favorite snowboarding condition tip, please comment below.
See ya on the slopes!