If you’re like the majority of winter sport enthusiasts, you probably haven’t hit the gym enough to be as prepared for shred season as you’d like to be. And while it’s a little too late to start pumping iron and make serious headway, you can get your mind in shape rather quickly! Getting into and maintaining that ‘flow’ state of mind from day one can really help you have an enjoyable season, even if your calves are burning at the bottom of the mountain.
Flow is that amazing feeling of living fully in the moment, completely focused on your activity without any outside distractions. You can attribute your best performances as an athlete to these engaging and rewarding moments, feeling as though you are one with the environment. Here are some great fall activities to bridge the gap from summer to winter while maintaining your flow habits, making it easy to slip into your snowsuit and tear up the local hill on opening day like you never took a break.
Fall Mountain Biking
With all the kids back in school and the cooler and wetter weather, bike trails take on a whole new feeling in the fall. Gone are the hot dusty days of summer. Now you can really focus on railing those berms and maintaining a rhythm. For me, there is no way to better embrace the changing of the seasons than to be out on the trails as the first storms of winter begin to blow in, rustling the leaves and bringing those winter feelings to life.
Fall Trail Running
Fall is the most exciting time to run through the woods. Around every corner there are bursts of colorful foliage and leaves dancing through the air. The color spreads onto the trail and demands your precise focus and agile footing through damp leaves and slippery corners. Puddles make for new obstacles and your inner heat makes the fall air feel supremely refreshing. It’s no longer a time to set any PMs, just breathe and feel the rhythm of your stride.
As the winter approaches, so do the action-packed swells of the Pacific and Atlantic. The summer lulls are a fading memory as you battle to paddle over the next set. The ocean feels alive and pulsates with the energy of arctic winter storms. Dropping into a wave forces your complete focus on sticking the drop and maintaining a line through the crest rising before you. The more you flow, the better you ride and fall in sync with the higher frequency of Earth’s winter energy.
With International Airfare is at an all time low now is the perfect time to book that surf trip you have been frothing about for years.
Vinyasa or ‘Flow’ Yoga
Getting your breating into the proper rhythm is vital to enjoying a long ride down the slopes and practicing Vinyasa yoga is an excellent way to link up your body movements with powerful inhales and exhales. Another excellent way to get in touch with your body and acquire a flow state of mind, yoga with the right mindset will empower you to move efficiently and energetically. Additional benefits include flexibility and focus, a great way to keep you healthy on the slopes all winter long.
Watch Shred Videos
Ok, this is the easy one but can still be really beneficial. Watching the latest films will not only get you stoked to go hit the slopes, it will help rejuvenate your muscle memory. Studies have shown that watching each other athletes perform actually triggers muscle memory subconsciously. So while you may not be practicing double corks, lipslides, and ripping down epic Alaskan spines while sitting on the couch, you are mentally going through some of the muscle triggers necessary to do so. Next time your mom tells you you’re watching too much of the same video over and over, tell her the truth – your ‘training’!
Hopefully these activities can get you mentally prepped for snow season while enjoying yourself too. Let us hear in the comments below what other great fall activities get you stoked and in shape for winter fun!