5 Ways To Stay In Snowboarding Shape

Mario Wanger mountain climbing for his #FlowRituals

Flow Snowboarding wants you to stay in shape this off-season so you will be ready for the hill this winter. We can all agree that it is easier to stay in shape in the winter… we can just go snowboarding. We are at our best on our snowboards when we maintain a steady workout, healthy(ish) diet and stay in shape, here are a few ways to stay in shape in the off-season.

1. Cardio:
Go mountain biking, climbing, hiking, kayaking, running, play soccer, stand up paddle, surf… enjoy the outdoors. Strengthen those leg and core muscles. Maintaining your mental and physical stamina will help your ability to breathe and function at high elevation. Keep up with an active lifestyle in the off-season and you primed and ready for the winter.

Urska Pribosic climbing for part of her off-season #FlowRituals

Urska Pribosic climbing for part of her off-season #FlowRituals

2. Yoga:
Yoga is widely used by top athletes of all ages and disciplines. By incorporating yoga into your daily training regimen, you will be more connected to your body and mind. Yoga increases flexibility as well as mental health. Yoga poses and stretches are one of the top ways to prevent injuries. It keeps you loose, strong, and flexible on and off the mountain. (Resist the urge to hit on your yoga class mates until after your sessions.)

Julianne O'Neill practicing yoga for her #FlowRituals

Julianne O’Neill practicing yoga for her #FlowRituals

3. Healthy Diet:
We are not denying the fact that most of us on the hill like to indulge in a beverage or several Apres Ski. But a healthy diet does cancel out the not so healthy choices we make, but we would like to think it can’t be bad for you to eat healthy in between those binges at the lodges and villages. Resist the gut bomb breakfast with a simple Acai bowl. Pack some water and a few power bars or some fruit in your jacket. Hold on getting the mountain chili burger and grab a salad for lunch. It will help replenish that much needed energy on the hill, along with save the cash in your wallet while visiting the resorts.

4. Cross-Training Board Sports:
Surfing, Skateboarding, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Wakeboarding and Snowboarding are each their own separate discipline, but all share core board sport fundamentals. Each of these sports help you increase balance, core strength, reaction time, all the while allowing you to lose yourself in the act of having fun. Even having an Indo Board at home would help with training. There is something about having a board under your feet that makes exercise a little bit more fun to do.

Sarka Pancochova surfing for her #FlowRituals

Sarka Pancochova surfing for her #FlowRituals

5. Go Snowboarding:
Of course the best way to stay in snowboarding shape is to keep snowboarding. Just because your local hill stopped spinning the lifts months ago, open up a map and broaden your horizons. A quick google search and some planning and you could find yourself chasing the winter to the southern hemisphere in the summer. Going after one of the glacial camps here in North America or Europe. For the park rats, maybe you’ll visit the indoor slopes and fridges in Europe. There are even dry slopes that can be found for the hard core jibbers. Your snowboarding season ends only if you let it.

Frits Rijpers lapping the park at Skidome in Holland. Photo: Andy Troy

Frits Rijpers lapping the park at Skidome in Holland. Photo: Andy Troy

Flow Snowboarding wants to know your plans for the next couple months. Are any of you chasing the snow to the southern hemisphere or the glaciers and indoor parks abroad? Have you placed your snowboarding gear in storage until winter? What kind of summer toys do you lose yourself in? Bikes, skateboards, surfboards, SUP and wakeboards? Engage with us on social media and let us know what your #FlowRituals are. Post the photos & videos, tag us and use the hashtags #FlowRituals #FindYourFlow & #FlowSnowboarding

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