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SLOAN Christmas 2018

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

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. 16 SLOAN! www.sloanmagazine.com | E-mail us at editorial@sloanmagazine.com

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