Blogs from November 2015

Nov 12 2015

How to Enjoy the Holiday Season, Fit & Healthy

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

Nov 3 2015

A Great Season for the Mature Skier

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