SLOAN Christmas 2018

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The Christmas 2018 edition features exclusive interviews with Tom Daley, Louise Redknapp, Rowan Cheshire and Rosemary Shrager; Colorado Ski Trips to Steamboat Springs & Winter Park; Luxury Hotels of Ireland & Wales; Luxury Cars from Lexus and David Brown Automotive; The Active Affluent; Pampered Pooch; all-new SLOAN! BABY; Christmas Gift Guides; Festive Fragrances; Winter Tipples, Techtastic Treats; SLOAN! Book Club; Ask The Expert featuring a host of leading specialists in their field; fabulous Prize Giveaways; The 62nd BFI London Film Festival and lots more.

Stay Injury Free This Ski Season

Alex Clark, in-house physiotherapist at orthopaedic support specialist,

Neo G, shares his top tips to staying safe on the slopes and avoid injury

on your forthcoming ski trip this winter.

For some, the pinnacle of the

winter months is the long awaited

ski trip. Whether you go for the

après, or are a regular on the black

runs, ensuring you’re equipped to

handle the conditions is essential,

and there’s nothing like an injury

to ruin a winter skiing holiday.

Here are some warm-up exercises

and tips to keeping yourself safe

on the slopes.

DON’T STRETCH FIRST

Skiing is one of few sports that

you are advised not to stretch

beforehand. Skiing requires core

strength, and static stretching

before exercise actually decreases

your strength; for example, a

weight lifter would be able to lift

less after stretching. Although

static stretching is not advised,

dynamic stretching such as lunges

can help prime the muscles for the

activity ahead.

STRETCH AT THE END

Just because you shouldn’t stretch

before you hit the slopes, doesn’t

mean it should be off the agenda

afterwards. Stretching should

be saved for the end of the ski

day, whilst your muscles are still

warm. After a long day on the

slopes, it’s important to stretch

the right parts of your body, in

particular; your back, quadriceps

and gluteals. Before jumping

straight into après, a gentle swim

or Jacuzzi post-skiing can also

help to relieve any tight areas and

repair your tired muscles – or Hot

& Cold Therapy Packs are also a

handy addition to your suitcase.

BUILD UP YOUR TRAINING

If you plan on skiing every

day you must take this into

consideration in the build up to

the trip. If you haven’t properly

exercised in six-months, it is

unlikely your health and fitness

will be up to scratch. Overexerting

yourself could end with

strain or more serious injuries.

You should tailor your workouts

pre-ski trip to help you prepare

effectively. Aerobic and core

strengthening exercises such as

Yoga and Pilates will improve

your stability. Strengthening your

quads will make them strong

enough to manage your weight

and absorb the shock of the

repetitive movements.

WATCH YOUR POSTURE

Doing any exercise with poor form

when your posture is incorrect is

a recipe for potential injury, and

skiing is no exception. You should

always ensure your weight is

evenly distributed across your skis

and the alignment of your knees

isn’t effected as you move from

side to side. Ensure you do not

rotate your pelvis or lower back,

or ‘C-shape’ – stick your hips out

in the opposite way – as you turn.

WEAR A KNEE BRACE

Almost every movement when

skiing puts pressure on your knee

joints as they are left to do all

the work due to your feet being

locked inside the boots, something

they are not used to. A brace

can provide extra support and

control for your ligaments and

will ultimately keep you skiing for

years to come.

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