We’ve been gifted with snow in the mountains! While it’s an unusual year for ski resorts, they are up and running. It may be more of a challenge fly down the mountain as some resorts are limiting the number of people, but that won’t stop devoted, ardent skiers.
It’s important to have strong hips, knees, and core for skiing. The stronger you are, the more you can control your body weight. If you haven’t been skiing in a while, here are four exercises we recommend to get you back in shape for the slopes.
You might have guessed this one, since the position you’re in as you ski is essentially a small squat. To keep it functional, make your range of motion small and hold it; bend your knees about 45 degrees and work up to holding that squat for 1 minute at a time.
These are slightly different than a traditional lunge, but still work on your hip and knee stability. Take a step out to the side with one foot, and put all your weight on that leg. Hold for several seconds, and then return to the starting position. Make sure to work on both legs!
This exercise addresses your core strength. You can do a regular plank, on your hands or forearms, or you can do a side plank. This involves weight bearing on one arm, and then keeping your hips off the floor. Not sure how to do a plank? Watch our video here!
Single Leg Deadlifts
This exercise addresses ankle stability, knee stability, and hip strength. Balance on one leg and keep a small bend in that knee. Keeping your back straight, tilt yourself forward and bring one leg up behind you. If you need to hold on to a counter for balance, go for it! The main goal is to keep your back straight and let your glutes and hamstrings do the work for you.
Check out our video to get a better idea of what these look like!
This isn’t all inclusive of all the things you can do to prepare yourself for skiing, but it’s a good start. If you need extra help preparing yourself to ski or snowboard, give us a call today and we can help you out!