Can Fat People Ski

Can Fat People Ski

Your body can overcome unique challenges if you have a strong will. Therefore, most overweight people can enjoy skiing and other recreational activities as long as they are willing to put in some effort. 

While skiing does not require you to be in great shape, you certainly need a decent amount of strength and technique to move on skis. Your ability to ski will largely depend on how well you can manage your weight and balance. 

In this post, we will bust some myths around skiing and give you practical advice on how to get started. 

Ski Tips for Overweight People

Skiing is a low impact sport but more body weight won’t make outdoor sports any easier for you. However, there are some tips and tricks that can make you a good skier, even with those extra pounds. 

Here are some helpful tips you can follow if you enjoy outdoor sports. 

Weight Limit For Skiing

Skiing is a sport that has no specific weight limit. If you look at the ski sizing charts, they mainly focus on the person’s height. So, don’t let those few extra pounds stop you. 

However, the important thing is to mention your weight to the ski shop and the ski instructor so they can better fulfill your skiing needs. 

Proper Ski Equipment 

If you don’t own skiing gear, you will either rent

it or buy your own equipment. While buying your own equipment is a good idea, if your weight keeps fluctuating then renting is the way to go. 

In either case, it is always better to get the equipment before you head out to the mountains. That’s because there is always a rush at the resort ski shops. 

When you have your equipment beforehand, you will have plenty of time to get things according to your requirement, and even get fitted by an expert. 

Ski Sizing

When you are buying or renting your ski gear, the first thing to keep in mind is proper sizing. Your ski size will depend on your weight. If you weigh more, you will have to get longer skis for better balance. 

If you have some experience in skiing, the longer skis will be better for you. However, if you are a beginner, decreasing your ski size by a few inches will give you better control. 

When your skis are the right size, they will be able to handle the additional weight and force on them. Yet, it is best to communicate with the ski shop for the best recommendation for your weight. 

Right Ski Boots

Ski boots are as important as skis themselves. The size and comfort of your ski boots will impact your whole skiing experience. 

Different ski boots offer different levels of precision and comfort for your feet. They affect your balance and the amount of weight that falls on your joints. Therefore, it is even more important of a consideration for overweight skiers. 

Body Warm Up 

Once you are all set and ready to hit the mountains, there are a few things you can do to make skiing easier for you. If you are a beginner, skiing can be a rough experience as you try to find your balance and control over your skis. 

To make the journey easier, you will need to prepare your body like in any exercise. A quick warm up routine can make your movements easier and avoid injuries, especially if you are overweight. 

The workout does not have to be vigorous, but a few quick exercises to increase the blood flow in your muscles. Your warm up can involve moving your arms, legs, and joints, or a short walk. 

Getting Up Technique

Getting up from a fall while skiing is undoubtedly one of the hardest things to do, no matter your weight. However, knowing the right techniques will help you get up without much hassle. 

Obviously, being overweight will make the techniques harder for you to follow, especially if you have not practiced them before. The best thing to do is to learn some of the techniques so you can make use of them when you’re outdoors

Focus on Your Balance

Skiing is a low impact sport that gets easier with practice and patience. You have probably seen overweight people skiing with ease on difficult ski trails. But, you cannot ignore the years of practice they have put behind it. 

While your size will certainly affect your skiing, you can still achieve balance and efficient technique with continuous practice. However, even with proper technique, pressure in your knees is inevitable and it is increased with more body weight. 

Take it Slow

Once you start practicing skiing, in on and off season, slowly but surely you will make progress. If you feel like you’re done for the day, don’t push yourself past your limits especially if you are overweight as it can lead to injuries and harder recovery. 

It is also important to focus on your skin positions to put minimum pressure on your knee joints. Being more careful with your positions will help you avoid any serious injuries. 

Stopping While Heading Downhill

If you are falling while heading downhill, you need to be careful with digging in your ski as it can put extra pressure on your knees. The extra weight will not be of any help in this situation. 

Digging in your ski can lead to a more serious injury if you are carrying extra pounds. It is better to let yourself slow down until you stop instead of digging in your ski to come to a halt. 

Final Thoughts

Being overweight should not stop you from enjoying your favourite sports, especially skiing which is a low impact and more exciting recreational activity. With a little patience and perseverance, you can become pretty good at skiing in a short time. 

Warwick Braith

Warwick Braith is a thrill seeker at heart. He loves getting outdoors and testing his limits in the wild. As a blogger for YapQ, Warwick provides readers with insights and tips on how to get the most out of their outdoor experiences. Whether it's hiking, camping, or simply exploring nature, Warwick knows how to make the most of it.

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