5 “must dos” to prepare for your ski trip

If you love skiing like I do, or are trying it for the first time, you’ll want to do some preparations to maximize your experience and minimize your risk of injury. Skiing is a physically challenging sport – different from anything you do in everyday life. Here are 5 ways to help you prepare your body for your upcoming ski trip.


Tip #1: Skiing requires strength, especially through your core, hips, and legs. Start with these 5 great strength exercises: hip hinges, step-ups, lat band walk, planks, and clams. For more advanced strengthening, add these exercises: 4-way band resistance, squats, and deadlifts.



Tip #2: In addition to strength, skiing requires good balance and mobility. Try these exercises to help build your stability: single leg stance, hip flexor stretches, calf stretches, adductor stretches, and a lunge with rotation.


Tip #3: Skiing requires cardiovascular endurance, especially with the higher altitudes. Get your aerobic capacity up to speed by:

Walking, running, or doing another aerobic exercise to get your heart rate up to 70% of your max effort for 20-30 minutes at least 3 times per week.


Tip #4: Skiing requires specific skills and techniques. Here’s a great website for ski tips, whether beginner or advanced:


Tip 5: Finally, finish your preparation by scheduling lessons on the mountain. Call the resort to book ahead of time. You will be glad you did.

Skiing is an awesome sport. Don’t let your conditioning level leave you behind. Call us today to have our BRIO team help you get ready. Ann or Paige, our front desk extraordinaries, can help book an evaluation TODAY – 504.841.0150.

Run Training- 5 Ways to Avoid Overuse Injuries


If you are a runner, you have probably suffered an injury. Most running injuries are caused by overuse. There are 5 key contributing factors in overuse injuries.

To prevent overuse injuries that interfere with your running, follow this training advice:

Training Distances

Most runners use mileage goals such as the next half marathon or Crescent City Classic to get motivated. Having a goal in mind is a great way to stay focused, but make sure that you have the time to prepare for the event. Starting distances will be limited by your endurance. Beginners, increase your overall weekly mileage by about 10%. Advanced runners may be able to increase a little faster but should be careful. Beginners should limit their run training to 3 days per week.  Advanced runners can train up to 4 days per week. While this sounds conservative, it will likely land you safely at your destination.

Training Intensity

Altering training intensity is a great way to improve performance. When intensity increases, however, frequency must decrease. Limit yourself to 1 high-intensity running workout per week. Plan for 1 day at the track each week to work on speed, power, and stride length with short, measureable distances. Utilizing 1 high-intensity training session per week will allow your body to gain strength and power for better performance.

Muscular and Joint Imbalances

The repetitive nature of running lends itself to tight calf muscles, hip flexors, and low back extensors, among other areas. As these muscles become shortened and tight, the opposing muscles become lengthened and weak. These imbalances cause alterations to the running form and can lead to injuries. Work to stretch these shortened muscle groups regularly after running. Also work to strengthen opposing muscle groups to keep good muscle and joint balance.

Adequate Rest

Many runners run too hard and too fast. They get inspired, love the feeling they get after running, and over train. Rest is one of the most important aspects of training. Your body needs time to rest and re-build from the stress of running. Beginners should limit running to 3 times per week, advanced runners no more than 4 times per week.


Proper recovery includes physical rest, proper nutrition, and hydration. If you are going to be training, your body needs the tools to help you recover: nutrition supplements, a healthy diet, protein, and water. A registered dietitian is a good source to learn more about foods essential to recovery.

Overuse injuries will really cramp your style- they are difficult to heal and often interfere with your training. Avoid overuse injuries!

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