Whether it’s your first time or a recurring activity, skiing can be a hard on the body if you don’t properly prepare for the maneuvers of turning and stopping. Skiing can’t be practiced in advance, for the most part, since it can only be done at certain times of the year.
And if you’re like a lot of people who do it only a few times a year, it’s hard to keep your body conditioned for what it will go through on the slopes. The next best option is to try to prepare your body before the trip with exercising and wearing the correct equipment.
Here are five exercise tips to follow before a ski trip.
Cardio is important with skiing. Most people tend to stay on the slopes all day to get the most out of their trip. An easy, long and slow workout will be best to help condition lungs and legs for a long day of skiing. Good activities are running, stairmaster, step aerobics, using an elliptical trainer, or rollerblading.
2. Working quads
Quadriceps will be your most-used muscles while skiing because they hold your position and protect the knees. Doing squats and lunges will help build these muscles and maintain your form when you’re skiing.
3. Abs and back exercises
When you’re skiing, your body is bent over and flexed, which causes stress on the back to stay in the position and abs to protect your spine. It’s important to work the lats in the back to aid in skiing on flat surfaces and going uphill using the poles for leverage. These muscles can be worked with exercises like bicycles, woodchops, back extensions, and dumbbell rows.
4. Thigh exercises
The inner thighs work to keep the skis together and the outer thighs help to steer and keep the body stable. Side lunges, inner thigh leg lifts, inner thigh squeezes, side step squats, or leg lifts can all be done to prepare these muscles to keep your body as stable as possible when skiing.
5. Hamstrings and glutes
The ideal skiing position will cause your body to lean from the hips, which requires strength in the hamstrings to help with stabilization. Strengthening these muscles can be done with deadlifts, one-legged deadlifts, pull throughs, step ups, and hamstring rolls to name a few.
When you go a skiing trip, exercises will be the first step in getting yourself ready for the slopes. Checking out websites that are a go-to for skiing information about preparation, equipment, resort locating, trends, new technology, and introductory tips can help with planning of your trip to make it more enjoyable.