Wednesday, June 3, 2009

ski like a girl's guide to summer fitness and fun

As summer approaches ski like a girl is going through snow withdrawals. Although nothing is quite as exhilarating as skiing, here are some fun things to do while waiting for the snow to fall again. Summer can be a time of exploration, to build new skills, and to increase your strength and conditioning.

Try some (or all) of these activities for summer fun.

  • Run; improve your cardiovascular conditioning and strength by starting a running program. Check out Runners World for safe beginning training program ideas. For added fun find local races to motivate you. Or combine your skills and go for a triathlon. Swim, bike, and run like a girl!
  • Hit the trails; go for a hike, trail run, or mountain bike ride. Check out your local ski resort for challenging hiking and mountain biking trails. Explore the terrain that you enjoyed all winter in a whole new way.
  • Surfing; find a local surf shop and take a beginner lesson. Surf Diva in La Jolla, California offers beginner and refresher clinics. Or even better take off with the Surf Divas on a Costa Rica Surf Adventure. Complete with daily yoga sessions to help you prepare you for the waves, relaxing massage, wonderful freshly prepared meals and of course, great surf!
  • Try Yoga; find a local studio and practise a new yoga style. Corepower Yoga offers hot, power, sculpt, and more. They have studios in Colorado, Oregon, California, Illinois, and Minnesota. For those who can't get to a studio they also offer Yoga on Demand, a selection of yoga classes and videos online.
  • Keep Skiing; attend a camp and improve your skills. Timberline and Whistler are both host to numerous summer camps on their glaciers. From freestyle to race camps there is something for everyone. NASTC offers a trip to Portillo, Chile and for the first time NASTC is offering a kids' freeskiing/race training camp for ages 8-14. What a great family vacation, summer skiing in Portillo!
Have a great time and enhance your ski skills for next season. Enjoy your summer! If you have any ideas for summer fitness and fun please share them in the comments. Thanks!

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