Ski Strengthening Exercises

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by Matt Wagstaff (Sports Therapist) When preparing yourself for a skiing trip, you hope to be ‘ski fit’, but what does this mean?  Yes, aerobic fitness is required (gained through cardiovascular exercise such as running, swimming, cycling – anything that gets you out of breath and breaking a sweat), but to protect yourself from injury, strength is probably the most …

The Dancer’s Posture

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As ‘Strictly’ fever sweeps the nation, and we move from Len’s famous ‘sev-en’ into the nines’s and 10’s, the celebrities start to look like real dancers.  But what makes a dancer’s posture so distinguishable?  We asked ex-dancer Jeni Howland – now Somatics and yoga teacher – to shed some light on this question. That poise and elegance that a dancer …

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The Core – More Than A Midriff

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With summer here and the thoughts of beach bodies – be that bikinis or six-packs – one main contributor to a great looking midriff is the core. But, strengthened and activated correctly, the core can do more for us than hold our tummies in! Matt Wagstaff (massage therapist and personal trainer) explains: The bodies core; arguably a combination of the …

Skiing or Snowboarding This Winter?

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Whether you are a first timer or a seasoned skier/boarder, working on your fitness and exercising prior to your holiday will help you ski longer, harder and safer this winter. Top tips for the slopes from Physiotherapist, Angela Sells Ski Fitness should include: Cardiovascular (CV) Endurance training Strength (the quadriceps and gluteal muscles are important) Flexibility (any tight or restricted …