Staying healthy on the slopes

Make sure you stay on top form as you bathe in the springtime sunshine atop snowy peaks with these five tips for a healthy ski getaway.

Fuel your body with a nutritious breakfast

Skiing is physically demanding, burning up to 3,000 calories per day, so it’s paramount that you set yourself up with a filling, healthy breakfast. Complex carbohydrates such as porridge, nut butter and eggs are ideal as they provide slow release energy throughout the day.

Apply sunscreen

No one wants unsightly goggle marks so make sure you pack a heavy duty sunscreen before you jet off. The air at higher altitudes has less water vapour, meaning that there is less protection from the sun. A high SPF sunscreen that contains zinc oxide will sit on the surface of the skin and provide a barrier from harmful UV rays. Also make sure to reapply regularly throughout the day.



7 day travel packs

Make sure you stay in peak physical condition with our handy 7 day travel packs. Each of our premium supplement programmes comes pre-packaged in individual doses in handy, clear ziplock bags. Perfect for throwing into your hand or hold luggage.



Make sure you hydrate

The combination of altitude and exercise can cause excessive water loss, which can lead to nausea, fatigue and shortness of breath. Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking twice your normal intake of water. Cut down on dehydrating drinks such as coffee and instead opt for a refreshing smoothie alternative. Add our Boost Me supplement for a revitalising kick before you head onto the piste.



Warm up and cool down

Make sure you warm up and cool down properly before and after each ski session. Skiing puts a lot of strain on your muscles so opt for exercise that encourages you to stretch. A 20-minute yoga session is the perfect way to awaken muscles. We recommend the warrior pose to help strengthen your core and the chair pose to get those quads, glutes and calves working.


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For more health and wellbeing tips, head over to the GP blog Nutrition section.