I’ve been thinking a lot about motivation lately. Specifically, motivation for healthy eating, especially before ski season starts. How’s this for motivation: what you eat during the off season can result in huge payoffs in your ski performance.
Hopefully, you’ve been keeping up an exercise routine to keep in shape during the off-season. But if you’ve gotten lax with your eating habits, you aren’t getting maximum benefit from all that exercise. Now is the time to take a look at your diet and make some changes so get the most out of your time on the slopes.
Here are some good motivators to help you make healthy changes in your diet:
- Reduce injury. Ski time is a precious commodity and no one wants to be sidelined for even part of the season. What you eat now has an effect on your body’s reaction to stress and injury. Eating processed foods, such as restaurant food and convenience foods, leads to more inflammation. More inflammation=more change for injury and slower recovery. More produce, whole grains and nuts, among other things, can help reduce inflammation.
- Build those ski muscles. Training programs for developing the prime movers used for skiing are very targeted. But unless you are following up your workout with a good recovery snack, you will not build muscle as well as you could.
- More time on the slopes. The better shape you are in, the more time you can spend doing what you love, skiing. Eating fatty foods can result in decreased physical and mental performance long before you see the effects on you waistline.
- Gear’s expensive. Speaking of waistlines, letting yourself go during the off-season can result in those ski clothes not fitting so well when ski season rolls around. I like buying new gear because I love it, not because I have to because what I already have doesn’t fit!
How do you motivate yourself during the off season?