Whether you are a hardened winter sports enthusiast, or braving your first trip to the slopes, a winter sports holiday is a fantastic experience and a wonderful way to relax.

However, nobody wants to end their holiday early by getting injured – or feel so exhausted from daytime activities that there is no energy left for the evenings. So as many of our personal training Huntington Beach clients head off for their winter sports holiday, we’re sharing our top tips to help you prepare.

Improve your fitness.

In order to keep up the pace on your winter sports holiday, it’s really important to build up your cardiovascular fitness in the six weeks before you leave. Build in as much aerobic exercise as possible into your workouts and aim to increase the distance or time gradually. Putting the effort in now will drastically improve your stamina when you hit the slopes.

Strengthen key muscles.

Our personal training Huntington Beach clients often ask us the number one way to prepare for this kind of holiday and our answer is to combine cardiovascular fitness with building muscle strength. Your legs are likely to be under the most strain while you’re away as you will be on your feet for hours at a time.

That means you need to build up the muscles in your thighs, buttocks and calves. Try doing squats or lunges – four reps of 20 each day in the four weeks before you fly out.

Become more flexible.

Flexibility is key in avoiding injury – and many people don’t realise that this is something that can be easily improved at home. Improving your flexibility can also help with balance and can prevent aches and stiffness while you’re away.

We instil the importance of stretching into our personal training Huntington Beach clients – but this is something you can also do at home. Build in some time after your workout to stretch, focussing particular attention on your calves and hamstrings.