The holiday season is often the busiest time of year for many Vail Valley locals. It is also a time of financial importance for our community and local businesses. Busy schedules, work stress and shorter days combine to have people feeling less healthy than our active community desires.
This observation coincides with studies done on most Americans, who typically gain more weight from Thanksgiving though the end of the year than the other ten and a half months combined. Studies also indicate that Americans consider the holiday season as the most stressful time of year.
Here are some helpful tips to enjoy the holidays and to keep, or even improve upon, your health and well being. Staying fit and healthy will allow you to enjoy the gatherings, be more efficient at work, and to be in a better place for yourself and other important people in your life.
Take a different perspective - Most polled Americans state they “just want to make it through the holidays.” Once people resign...Read More
HOW DOES THE MATURE SKIER PREPARE FOR A GREAT SEASON ON THE SLOPES?
Vail and Beaver Creek are great retirement destinations for many alpine enthusiasts. Not only do these mountains provide a vast diversity of terrain, but the communities also support many active interests for this vital demographic.
I have had several mature athletes ask me about the best cross training preparation for skiing as they get older. I think it is important to look at the demands of alpine skiing as well as the typical physical reductions we experience as we age.
Strong skiing is a series of dynamic anaerobic efforts supported by our aerobic engine. These efforts require a lot of strength in the pelvic girdle and core, and are performed at various speeds. Good skiers have tremendous balance and also possess good visual skills for reading terrain.
The scope of this article will be limited to three primary areas that degrade as we age that negatively impact our skiing. These areas can be trained,...Read More
...Hit the gym!
As we reach the height of the summer and the daylight has us waking early in the morning, some of us have a big cycling event planned. Whether it's the River Ride, the Leadville 100 or just a long ride with friends, this is time of year that we bulk up on extra miles in preparation for our event. You may be surprised to know that great benefit can come from training one day per week off the bike.
When we hear “off the bike,” it’s usually associated with a day of rest and recovery. To get max benefit from your training, it’s logical to take a rest day as well as a cross-training day. By spending one solid hour in the gym cross-training, your body adapts new strengths that can be applied to long endurance efforts or short racing efforts.
In taking a closer look at our posture on the bike, it’s clear the body is being held in a fixed position (using unilateral strength of each leg). Working full body exercises in the gym helps to build body awareness, balance, pelvic...Read More
And a Lot of It!
As owner of an athletic training center, I see many types of recreation enthusiasts. We see accomplished endurance athletes such as cyclists, runners and triathletes. We also see strength athletes who like to test their anaerobic and aerobic engines with dynamic lifts similar to what you see at a Cross-Fit gym. We work with all types of individuals on movement patterns to rectify dysfunction in the body while improving motor skills.
We also have a yoga studio. I continually recognize that people with optimal mechanics are the ones who have a regular yoga practice. These people are easy to spot because they have correct postural carriage and excellent body awareness.
This is not to indicate that other activities are not beneficial. They are tremendously helpful, but yoga is often overlooked by people looking to optimize their health. A regular yoga practice actually helps other types of activities more than you may think. If you develop better posture and...Read More
The XTERRA Mountain Championship in Beaver Creek, Colorado marks a turning point in the XTERRA US championship series with a shift to big mountain races. The consistent theme is long, sustained climbs on the bike and run. Beaver Creek (Mountain Championship), Ogden (US Championship), and Maui (World Championship) all present over 3,000 feet of climbing on the 15-20 mile mountain bike leg and over 1200 ft of climbing on the 10k trail run. Both the Mountain Championship and the National Championship have a net elevation gain with the lake at the lowest point and the second transition and the finish line at a higher elevation. This favors the stronger climbers and are considered to be less technical courses.
The race in Beaver Creek begins with the swim in Nottingham Lake at about 7,400 feet above sea level. Even for Colorado athletes, a high-altitude swim needs to be approached differently than a swim at low elevation. Most triathletes at some point have experienced anxiety in...Read More