Beginner's guide to skiing There‘s no healthier break than a skiing holiday, so it‘s hardly a surprise that so many of us are now spending our winters whizzing down mountains. lt‘s never too late to start — and more women and families are giving it a go than ever before. But it's not just the picturesque scenery and mulled wine that's luring people. One of the biggest benefits of going on a skiing holiday is that it offers a full-body workout, exercising every mayor muscle group from head to toe. lt works your hamstrings, quads and stomach muscles to the max, plus you also get an excellent cardiovascular workout.‘ In fact, experts say you can lose up to 5lbs a week on a skiing holiday, as you burn up to 500 calories an hour ~ more than a vi/orkout at the gym. There are many psychological benefits, too, including simply spending a few days in the mountains. Being outdoors in fresh air, enioying the beauty of the snow-capped trees and the great alpine vistas will do wonders to lift your mood, and its hard to think about your worries and stresses if you are busy concentrating on mastering parallel turns. But to make the most of your holiday and not find yourself too exhausted to get out of bed by day three, be prepared. Make sure you arrive at the resort fit enough to ski and cope with the altitude. Spend two months before your trip doing any activity that gets your heart rate up and strengthens your thighs, such as weight training, squats, lunges and cycling. This will help avoid common ski iniuries and accidents, which tend to happen when you get tired towards the end of the day. And if you‘re a beginner, while you should be prepared to fall over a lot, with two to three days of perseverance, you should get the hang of it and will be experiencing the unbeatable buzz, not to mention the huge health benefits, that draw ski enthusiasts back to the white stuff year after year.
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