Ski holidays and staying in ski chalets are the kind of holiday that you either grow up doing with your family or you don’t.If you were born into a family that looked forward to its annual stay in ski chalets and two weeks on the slopes then you know what to expect: a big breakfast of French pastry favourites such as croissants followed by fun in the snow, then more food in the evening and lounging around watching a movie or heading out for some dinner and a drink or two.
If you weren’t born into a skiing family, then you might encounter your first snow holiday and stay in chalets with friends. At an older age, you will find yourself being overtaken on the slopes by children no taller than your knees whizzing past you, and that you are generally doing a lot more falling over than whizzing around yourself.The eating and drinking though, remains an integral part of the ski and chalet experience. Happily, the cold, falling over, and moving around burns off a lot of calories so you can indulge to your heart’s content without worrying about coming back fatter than when you left!
Those who are serious about making snow sports a part of their chalets holiday will know about the importance of ensuring that you reach a certain level of fitness before you hit the slopes. Any cardio workouts you do in the run up to your holiday mean you spend less time getting to the stage where you are getting fit enough to make it up the slopes and more time actually doing the activity of your choice.Equally, any leg and stomach strengthening exercises that you do previous to hitting the slopes will help you when you are there – especially if you decide to try snowboarding.There is nothing in the world to help you stop falling over, though the ‘pillow down the trousers’ trick can help prevent bruising!