With fall in full swing, most skiers are savoring this season’s last sets before winter kicks in. But even if you can’t ski as much – or at all – during the coming offseason, you can still keep your ski skills sharp with land-based exercise routines. The key to staying in shape is to keep active, and even if you don’t have a gym membership, there are plenty of other activities to keep you fit and focused. We asked team Malibu athlete and women’s slalom world record-holder, Regina Jaquess, what she does to keep in shape while off the water.
Tip 1: I like to take advantage of my local environment when working out. Living on the beach in Destin, Florida, provides several natural opportunities for fitness and allows for variety, so I don’t get bored. One day, I’ll take my paddleboard out on the bay, and the next day I’ll canoe in the Gulf. I also like to spend 30 to 45 minutes several days each week running on the beach with my Labrador retrievers. I try to engage in both aerobic and anaerobic activities when I train, and I dedicate at least 45 minutes to each workout.
Tip 2: Attempting to stay in shape while working full-time is quite a balancing act itself. By the time you get off work at the end of the day, you typically have a mound of excuses for not working out. To overcome this, either find a buddy who will exercise with you after work, or try exercising in the morning before work. Teaming up with a friend forces you to be more committed to exercising on a regular basis. And even though I’m not a morning person, if I do the first 10 minutes of a workout in the morning, I’m usually more alert and tuned into my exercise routine. Plus, it’s a great way to kick-start both your day and your metabolism.