Jaret Llewellyn gives his water ski training tips for 35ers and over.
1. Increase Your Flexibility
You really need to keep your body flexible as you get older. Once a day is mandatory, but you should go through a stretching routine twice a day if you hope to increase your current level of flexibility. This will be paramount in your quest to stay on the water injury-free.
2. Mind Your Intake
Nutrition becomes very important as you age. I have always tried to eat healthy, but now I try to be very accountable for everything I put in my body. I eat with tomorrow’s activities in mind. I try to taper my complex carbohydrate intake as the day progresses. If you are downing a plateful of spaghetti and a loaf of garlic bread thinking that a jog in the morning will take care of it, good luck. Allow yourself indulgences, but eat smart.
3. Core Training
In the old days I would work out three times a week, dedicating one workout to abs. Now I focus on training my core every session. I use a 3:1 ratio for all other body parts to core, meaning for every three exercises I am performing, one will be a core-based move. Movement and balance are the keys to longevity, so having an intact core keeps me on the water.
4. Work With a Trainer
Even if you are a wonderful self motivator, using a trainer will keep you from overtaxing specific parts of your body. They will keep you on task and keep your workouts from causing the injuries you are seeking to avoid in the first place. You should look to employ a trainer with specific knowledge pertaining to our sport.