Fight the flab with a ski holiday

Looking for a way to shift those extra pounds put on over Christmas? Well, one airline, is advocating skiing and snowboarding as the perfect way to whittle off the weight put on by festive feasting.

Apparently, whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned pro, each hour on the slopes provides a complete body work-out burning between 300-500 calories (source livestrong.com).

Skiing and boarding also improve aerobic fitness, strength, muscle tone, balance and agility.

Jet2, which offers flights to many ski destinations, has suggested the following ski fit tips to help make the most of your time on the slopes:

  • Improve ski stamina with three 20 minutes sessions of uninterrupted cardio each week
  • If cycling, running and other more traditional exercise regimes are not for you, try joining the Zumba craze to boost cardio fitness
  • Biking, the cross trainer and step are great for building up leg strength
  • Yoga or general stretching help with suppleness making your muscles more prepared
  • Pilates and abdominal exercises help with core strength giving vital back support when you’re on the slopes
  • Strengthen leg, bum and tum muscles with squats and knee raises
  • Don’t forget to give shoulders and backs a boost to build core strength and help balance.

The airline also suggests taking care of mind, body and soul when you arrive by:

  • Skiing away stress – clear your mind and whittle down your worries as you focus on overcoming the mountain terrain rather than everyday stresses
  • Burning more calories – it doesn’t get much healthier than a ski trip. Burning calories and fresh clean air combined with exercise at high altitude means a better aerobic workout
  • Getting a natural high – mountain air, magnificent views and exercise are great for releasing serotonin – making you feel happy and increasing natural immunity
  • Stretching before and after is just as important on the slopes as it is in your pre trip regime
  • Respect the environment – observe and follow the information and advice regarding your resort, be mindful of weather predicted, respect the boundaries of the piste unless you have experience and equipment for off-piste environments.

Ian Doubtfire, Managing Director of Jet2.com, said: “To be able to maximize enjoyment of the holiday and to avoid annoying aches and pains whilst away we recommend an exercise programme prior to hitting the slopes. At this time of year many people are looking to rid themselves of extra inches accumulated over the festive period and getting fit to ski provides a great way to recover from over indulgences.”