Ready, Steady, Ski.
It happens every year. Every spring, I swear blindly that I will squat and lunge my way through summer, then low and behold, it’s October, and the pins are not exactly the little pistons of steel I had imagined.
The good news is, I’m not the only one. October is quite possibly the busiest month of the year at the local Grand Park Rec Center in Winter Park, where all the locals are in a blur of ski conditioning as they countdown to opening day (November 12th, woohoo!).
So, what is the best recipe for getting slope-ready fast? Most ski conditioning classes focus on core strength, leg and back exercises to prepare your body for the impact absorption and quick bursts of action required when skiing or snowboarding.
Kristen Domonell’s article for Life By Daily Burn offers a good, do-able range of exercises that you can perform without specialist equipment, or a trip to the gym. I gave it a try last night in my house, and aside from some very ‘helpful’ face licking from the family dog, found it easy to follow and managed to get through the whole routine in about 30 minutes. Furthermore, my body felt tighter and more balanced at the end of the workout, and I could feel it targeting my skier-muscles.
Yoga is another great exercise regime that will really pay off when you start hitting the slopes. With the focus on core strength and flexibility, my favorite yoga moves are planks, warrior poses and chair poses. Check out our Powder Yoga blog for our top 5 moves to keep you strong and stable on the slopes,
Finally, if you just don’t have the time or motivation to follow a workout routine (and don’t worry, you’re not alone), incorporate a little strength training into your everyday actions.
Don’t use your hands when you stand or sit down on a chair (and use just one leg to rise & sit if you’re feeling tough), perform one legged squats while you brush your teeth, stand on your toes while you dry your hair, and stand on one leg any time you are standing in line. Yes, you might find yourself on the receiving end of a few strange looks, but just smile… those sparkly white slopes are on the horizon, and you are looking good!