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The Best Indoor Training For Adapted Winter Sports Is Kakana

If you live in a cold climate, it can be hard to keep up your training routine all year round–poor conditions, freezing temperatures, and inaccessible accommodations make exercise far less enjoyable, and right as winter sports are starting. Can indoor training really help your winter sports performance? Can indoor fitness help bridge the gap until it warms up in the spring? Indoor training for adapted winter sports can physically and mentally prepare you for a great season.

If You’re Training for Winter Sports

For winter sports, it is important to develop the specific strength and coordination required to maintain stability on unstable surfaces such as steep, snowy hills and ice. In addition, a lot of winter sports require balance to maintain stability and control while moving at a high rate of speed. Because it can take at least four to six weeks for the body to adapt to an exercise program, the sooner your clients begin to specifically prepare for winter sports, the sooner they will be able to get outside and enjoy their favorite cold-weather sports or activities.

The focus needs to be on the muscles you use during those sports. If it’s skiing, sledding, hockey, you need to prepare your muscles for the season ahead. Start to build in our Strength and AX Training classes for your strength portion. As a complement to your strength training, get in some cardio with Crosscycle and Cardio Boxing. The base that these classes provide, allows you to start your winter sports process with a solid foundation, and help you avoid injury. Stretching and foam-rolling are also key for avoiding injury and are available during Jesi Stracham’s Functional Mobility class as well. Hydration can be a key concern because we don’t get as thirsty when it’s cold, so it’s easy to get dehydrated. Always have a water bottle ready, and automatically drink when you are taking rests.

Women skiing downhill on a single adapted ski.

“Strength and conditioning during training can boost your endurance, power, strength, balance, and overall performance during any athletic event. A strong core will help reduce wobbling so that you get the most out of every movement. This is also extremely important in preventing both minor and major injuries,” says Blaze Foster, Kakana instructor.

“Optimize your athleticism by fueling your body with the right nutrients it needs to help improve your overall performance. While there is no one-size-fits-all diet plan to prepare you for your next competition—enabling you to perform your best before, during, and after will prepare you for the next event, game, or workout,” says Blaze.

Mental Preparation

If you are focused on a specific sport or preparing for the coming spring and summer, it’s important you focus on the mental side as well. Mental health is just as important as physical health when training for a sport. Four factors contribute to this health: mental, emotional, social and reflection, discussion. Each factor works together with the rest to influence performance in sport, exercise, and physical activity. Balancing out the intense workouts with our Yoga and Meditation classes once a week can create the perfect balance for your preparation. Once you have your schedule set, you will be ready to capitalize on indoor training for adapted winter sports.

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