Are you fit for the slopes?
When sat in a deck chair buried in the snow, sipping on a hot chocolate, we can enjoy watching other skiers seamlessly fly down the mountain. However, despite how easy it may look, a good level of fitness is necessary if you want to enjoy your time on the slopes.
We recommend doing a pre-ski programme for at least 4-6 weeks before your holiday to improve your strength, stamina, flexibility and balance to reduce your risk of injury. Here are some top tips if you’re planning to go skiing:
Warm up and stretch – This is an essential part of any exercise programme so it’s important that you spend some time warming up your muscles to prevent injuries from occurring – running on the spot is a simple but effective way to warm up.
Leg strength – Your legs will need a great deal of strength to maintain your control on the piste. Static wall squats for the quads is a classic exercise but you need to consider hip strength and stability too.
Core stability – A stable core helps your body work effectively and maintains your balance and control when skiing. Make sure you do core work that is suitable for your
level of ability. The plank is a classic exercise which is really effective for engaging and strengthening your core.
Flexibility – Your leg muscles need to be supple enough, especially as they will tighten up after a day on the slopes. Your calf muscles particularly need to be flexible to enable good ankle flex in your boots which helps give you good control. A good exercise to get those calf muscles to loosen up is a static calf stretch which we recommend holding for 30 seconds on each leg.
If you’d like to get fit for the slopes this season, visit our Strength & Conditioning page to find out more about how you can have your very own ski-fit programme designed to help you become a fitter, more confident and better skier.
To kick start the New Year, Team Hatt decided to hit the race track for a fantastic evening of Go-Karting full of fun, laughter and team building. Matt, one of our Physio’s came in 1st place, followed by James, in second place and Issy, who bravely joined us on her second day working at Hatt’s, flew into third place.
Festivities at Hatt’s
In December, we held the first ever ‘Christmas at Hatt’s’ in our Devizes clinic to celebrate the progress our patients have made to improve their health and fitness over the past year.It was such a fantastic event – thank you so much to those of you that came along and made it such a magical evening. Eyes peeled for similar events coming up throughout the year across all our clinics. The words Pimms and Summer come to mind…
We’d also like to say a huge thank you for the wonderful cards and gifts that we received over Christmas. We enjoyed lots of delicious treats which the team were all very grateful for.
We are delighted to announce that we’ve recently welcomed two members to the Hatt team, Shelagh and Issy. Shelagh’s our new patient co-ordinator and Issy is our new rehab instructor and masseur. Issy is offering massage in Devizes and Frome so if you’ve been waiting for a massage, book in today.
We aren’t stopping there! We’re looking to expand our team even further so if you’d like to join the Hatt Clinic team, check out our latest vacancies here.
After many weeks of design, deliberation and detail, we’re excited to announce that our Live Active classes will now be called Forever Fit. Part of our mission is to motivate people to keep moving and active and we feel that Forever Fit better describes this class and it’s benefits.
The inspiration for this name came from fantastic ideas and feedback from some of our patients, so a big thank you goes out to those that kindly responded to our survey. Forever Fit is an exercise class designed specifically for the over 60’s to improve strength, balance and mobility. For more information on this class or to take a sneak peak into what a class is like, click here.
Throughout February and March we’re running an exciting competition on Facebook and Twitter.
Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win 2 exercise classes of your choice (Reformer Pilates, Matwork Pilates or Forever Fit classes).
The winners will be announced on our Facebook and Twitter Pages at the end of each month so keep an eye out! There will be one winner from Twitter and one from Facebook each month so don’t miss out!
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Be The Best Version Of You This New Year
It seems safe to say that many of us are guilty of not sticking to our New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, research demonstrates that by the end of the first week in January, 77% of people will have already given up on their resolutions. A common New Year’s Resolution is to get fitter and healthier but roughly 50% of people who start an exercise program will have given up before reaching the 6 month mark. One of our Physios, Sam has suggested some key pointers to help us stick to our resolutions:
1. Understanding the true benefits of staying healthy
Recommendations by the World Health Organization states that adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. This can seem a lot, however broken down that’s only 30 minutes 5 days a week. There are many benefits of this including lower rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and depression as well as reduced high blood pressure. Now who wouldn’t want to benefit in this way?
2. Exercise with other people
The social benefits of exercising can often be a huge driver, as it makes it much easier to stick to over a long period of time. Group exercise is often great fun and the instructors and other group members are there to support you. It can be common for people to feel anxious when starting a class with other people but why not take a leap of faith this New Year as you’ll be much more likely to stick to it than if you’re doing it alone.
3. It gets easier the longer you stick with it!
As with anything, the first few times you exercise, it’s likely to feel like an effort, but soon it will become part of your weekly routine, such as doing the weekly shop or putting the washing in. The more you persist, the easier it gets, plus you will undoubtedly feel FANTASTIC!
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