Staying energised while on the slopes
Don’t let yourself burn out mid-ski because you haven’t chosen the right food to fuel your trip.
A snow trip is one of the most magical winter experiences, as skiing and snowboarding can be such a rush. While the activity is so much fun it is easy to forget just how tiring the exercise can be on your body. If you aren’t fuelling your body with the right carbohydrates and staying hydrated, you can quickly become worn and exhausted. Here are some tips on how to keep your body healthy while spending as much time as possible on the slopes .
Eat nutritious meals
Keep a strong focus on your quality carbohydrates intake, including:
- Porridge and toast
- Bananas (smoothie or pancakes)
- Thick soup with a bread roll
- Pasta with tomato based sauce
Keep your energy high by stopping regularly throughout the day to refuel with healthy pocket snacks. These include:
- Muesli or sports bars
- Rice pudding
- Fruit and nut trail mix
- Bananas and other fresh fruit
- Sports gels
High altitude, cold weather, and dry air all take a serious toll on your hydration. To overcome dehydration you should never wait until you are thirsty to have a drink.
- Carry a water bottle
- Invest in a backpack with a small hydration pack in it
- Avoid drinking alcohol
Be aware of high altitude impacts
The higher the altitude the less available oxygen there is in the air. If you aren’t careful this can lead to hypoxia, a condition where there are low levels of oxygen in the blood. Symptoms include headaches, malaise, nausea, and vomiting — commonly referred to as altitude sickness.
At high altitude, your body requires more carbohydrates. Your body uses this as a fuel to produce higher amounts of carbon dioxide to increase your breathing, delivering more oxygen to tissues.
Skiing and snowboarding are intense sports and can have a significant toll on the body — in some cases, this leads to muscle damage. Keeping up a high intake of protein and carbohydrates can assist your body in repairing damages. Getting your body back out on the slopes quickly.
Above all these you need to get a full night’s rest if you are wanting to perform at your peak on the slopes.