Conditioning

Marc Liebman recommends elliptical training for senior skiers.

Adapting your workout to your age.

Stamina, skiing and senior skiers. Have you noticed that the older you get, you have to work out harder to maintain an ever-decreasing level of conditioning?  Yeah, yeah, yeah…  I know all the reasons but the reality is vigorous work-outs just delay the inevitable.  As we get older our: Bodies aren’t as flexible; Bones are more brittle; Muscles don’t recover[Read More…]

by March 8, 2017 6 comments Conditioning
Shape Up 3: Challenge Yourself

Shape Up 3: Challenge Yourself

Five Basic Exercises Ramped Up To High Intensity Levels. [Editor note: This is the third and final in our series of preparation exercises for senior skiers from Rick Silverman, physical therapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist. We started with basic hip and leg exercises (Oct 25), raised the intensity of those (Nov. 7) and now present a more challenging level of[Read More…]

by November 21, 2016 0 comments Conditioning
Shape Up 2: Up A Notch

Shape Up 2: Up A Notch

Revving Up Intensity For Our Five Basic Exercises. [Editor Note: A couple of weeks ago, we introduced a set of baseline exercises focusing on legs and hips as part of a get-ready strategy for this season’s snow sports activities.  This week, our exercise guide, physical therapist, certified strength and conditioning specialist and teleskier Rick Silverman, shows us how to up these[Read More…]

by November 7, 2016 0 comments Conditioning
Shape Up 1: Easy Starters for Seniors

Shape Up 1: Easy Starters for Seniors

Ease Into Shaping Up For Snow Sports With Five Basic Exercises. [Editor Note: It’s time to focus on strengthening legs and hips for snow sports.  This year, we are going to offer three “flights” of exercise with increasing challenge and intensity for the same group of muscles. We’ll publish these about two weeks apart, so get started now. We asked[Read More…]

by October 25, 2016 0 comments Conditioning
A hike along a forest trail restores the mind and spirit.
Credit: Steve Hines

How I Choose Hikes

Outdoor Expert Says Consider Your Purpose For Walking. [Editor Note: Steve Hines will be teaching a hiking boot fitting workshop at the REI in Reading, MA., on August 10 at 6:30 pm. If you are in the area, drop by REI at 279 Salem St. and say hi.] I like to hike. I hike for exercise, escape/“mental health” and to enjoy[Read More…]

by July 28, 2016 0 comments Conditioning
Credit: Telegraph UK

Tender Exercise Relieves Ski Day Stiffness

Simple Tai Chi for Senior Skiers. [Editor Note: SeniorsSkiing.com welcomes Tommy Kirchhoff, a long-time ski instructor and a certified Tai Chi master. He has been teaching senior exercises for 12 years. Tai Chi is an ancient martial art that has evolved to slow-moving poses that is practiced all over the world.] I learned something valuable recently: my health and my[Read More…]

by April 27, 2016 0 comments Conditioning, Home Top Box 3
Correspondent Harriet Wallis bribed son Cal, daughter Alison, and best ski buddy Laurie to demonstrate warm ups at the top of a Deer Valley lift.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Stretching vs Dynamic Warm-Ups

Are you tuning or terrifying your body? Some experts say stretching before exercise helps performance and lessens injuries. Others say stretching can cause damage. So what should you do? “Skiers who stretch at the top of a lift are crazy!” says Jo Garuccio, a PSIA Examiner, Snowbird ski instructor and Triathlon World Champion. “They’ve been on a cold lift and[Read More…]

by February 16, 2016 2 comments Conditioning
Poll Results: Stretching 60; Not Stretching 40

Poll Results: Stretching 60; Not Stretching 40

Most Do, Many Don’t. Here are the results of our latest poll.  We are curious about why people do and don’t.  Please let us know in the “Comments” section below.  And, we are researching an article on stretching for an upcoming issue.  There are some exercise and physical therapists who say it’s essential, and some who say maybe not so[Read More…]

by February 10, 2016 6 comments Conditioning
Correspondent Rose Marie Cleese reports on her fitness journey, noting that regular exercise makes a big difference in how you feel.
Credit: Pinterest

My Fitness Journey Continues: Part Eight

The Journey That Began With A Single Step Isn’t Over Yet! Although this will be the last official installment of my personal fitness journey series that began on May 1st, it’s definitely not the end of the journey. I have many more pounds to lose before I sleep and promises to myself to continue to keep. I’ll be posting an[Read More…]

by December 4, 2015 1 comment Conditioning
Book Review: Staying With It

Book Review: Staying With It

An Aging Athlete Becomes Enlightened What happens when a 50-year-old writer decides to fight aging by becoming an athlete? Will physical awakening, sharpening, perfecting hold off the loss of function, range, performance? When former SKIING Magazine editor John Jerome found himself at the doorway to old age, he decided to do something about it. That something was his four-year voyage[Read More…]

by November 25, 2015 0 comments Conditioning
Getting back into shape is a combination of courage, knowledge and just doing.
SeniorsSkiing.com Correspondent has all three working for her.

My Fitness Journey Continues: Part Six

The Battle Of The Bulge Rages On! (Thankfully, Reserve Forces Are On Their Way.) As I enter the sixth month of my personal (and public!) journey to fitness, I continue to make slow, steady progress toward my goal of being in great shape for the slopes come the first snowfall (and it IS supposed to snow in the Sierra this[Read More…]

by October 1, 2015 1 comment Conditioning, Nutrition
Time To Get Moving: Now

Time To Get Moving: Now

Five Ways To Start Your Fitness Program. No more procastination.  You have from six weeks to three months, depending on where you live, to get ready for snow season.  If you are a year-round sports activist, then good on you.  If you are a part-timer, weekend warrior, you probably have to start getting more diverse muscles toned up.  If you are[Read More…]

by September 30, 2015 0 comments Conditioning, Home Top Box 4
The pioneering body device is Fitbit.  Other devices have grown up around it.
Credit: Fitbit

My Fitness Journey Continues: Part Five

From High-Tech to Low-Tech, Great Gear For Getting Fit The best fitness gear you can get requires no expense! It’s at the end of your legs: your own two feet. Walking (or jogging or running) as much as you can in any given week will burn calories and keep you cardiovascularly fit. Being on the move is considered one of[Read More…]

by September 3, 2015 0 comments Conditioning
Carol and Nick Bowling of Washougal, Washington, tune up now for ski season.
Credit: Harriet Wallis

Lunge Toward Ski Season: Start Now

You don’t need a gym. You can lunge around the neighborhood. Nick and Carol Bowling are enthusiastic senior-age Alta skiers who enjoy staying fit year round. They just added lunges to their pre-season fitness routine, and they’ve become lunge junkies. But there’s a learning curve to doing lunges correctly, and they’re still working on it. “Lunges use your own body weight[Read More…]

by September 2, 2015 5 comments Conditioning, Home Top Box 1
Kayaking is a great upper-body workout for skiers in the off-season and especially relaxing on the calm waters of Lake Tahoe, one of the clearest lakes in the world with water clarity of more than 70 feet. Credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

My Fitness Journey Continues: Part Four

Exercise your right to stay fit when you go on that summer trip! To all you senior winter sports aficionados out there who still have your summer escape ahead of you: Is fitness a part of your plans? It should be, and it should be easy to pull off. Those days of lazing about day after day, taking afternoon naps[Read More…]

by July 30, 2015 0 comments Conditioning, West

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