No Pain No Gain…. Lies!

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Do you suffer from back, knee, or neck pain after barefoot skiing? Crashes and their repercussions don’t count!

Does the burning sensation in your legs or arms get to you? Barefoot waterskiing is explosive energy; typically a quick pass and a mini break until the boat comes back, another quick pass and so on and so forth.

Besides skiing it is time to do a little cross training to keep the body in check and make barefooting a more pleasurable experience.

STRETCH! STRETCH! STRETCH! This is the area that is most important and the place we lack the most. Take the time to stretch out the whole body. A few minutes of toe touching on the dock isn’t going to cut it! A full 15 minutes minimum daily will make significant changes to the way you feel in daily life and when you get on the water. Instead of sitting on the couch watching TV, sit on the floor and stretch out. The time flies, trust me!! For group stretching Yoga and Pilates are great options either in an actual class or a DVD.

“Feel the Burn!” That is not what you want to hear while you are skiing down the lake. Get those legs a little bit stronger, squats are the answer. No I am not talking about massive weights at the gym. That is too extreme. Lean against the wall and bend your knees until 90 degrees and HOLD for 1 minute, 4 reps. Continue to add a minute each week, and before you know it no more burning.

Are those forearms, and bicep’s screaming at you? Choose some light weights 3-15lbs work those arms into shape. Imitate a barefoot stance while holding weights instead of a handle can make a world of a difference in the long run.

Just a few simple things to make life on the water, more fun! Is that even possible? Staying stretched out and in good shape will significantly reduce injury no matter what age! Ski Safe.

Lauren St. Onge

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