Tag: Fitness

5 summer activities to stay in shape for ski season

I’m in a bit of a quandary. For years I’ve spent the summer road biking. It’s a great off season workout: terrific for cardio and stamina, great for balance, and amazing for your core and legs. But this year I’m a little reluctant to get back on the bike. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you may recall I had a bad bike accident last summer, and to be honest, I’m a bit spooked.

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On your knees.

Since my bike accident last month, I’ve been thinking a lot about knees. My right knee suffered quite a hit: a gaping laceration that measured 6 inches across and perhaps 3 inches from top to bottom. Luckily, only a small part of my patellar ligament was damaged. It’s still pretty stiff, and my range of motion is somewhat limited. The good news is that there’s quite a bit of time before ski season, and I should be fine by then.

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Summer, interrupted.

Being a Ski Diva can be rough during the summer. Either you find something fun to do, or you end up with a long, dusty, wasteland of time to fill before the snow comes ’round again. For me, it’s biking. Road biking. I like to get out on the roads of  Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. There are loads of beautiful routes to take, the scenery’s great, and frankly, it’s terrific exercise. But this past week I did something that may very well have ended my biking for the rest of the summer:

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Do I mind? Yes, I do. A look at mindfulness.

Like a lot of Ski Divas, I do my best to stay in shape. I get out on my bike a few times a week, and I spend a fair amount of time in the gym, doing cardio and lifting weights. And though it’s not always easy, I try to eat right, too.
But while the physical stuff is important, there’s more to staying healthy than just nutrition and exercise. Call it spiritual well being, call it mental health, but I think being truly healthy requires a balance between both mind and body

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