What Are Good Exercises for Skiing?

What Are Good Exercises for Skiing?
Skiing is a sport that utilizes almost every muscle in your body. Exercises that focus on agility, balance and strength training are essential to staying fit and keeping your body prepared for a season of skiing. Focus on exercises that improve your form and control. Always stay safe and gradually increase the intensity of your workouts to avoid injuries.

Sliding Side Lunge

Sliding side lunges help improve your form and range of motion. Use a sliding apparatus or wear socks to slide. Bend your left knee and simultaneously slide your right foot out to the side. Bend forward at your hip for a wider range of motion while keeping your spine straight. Slide and extend your right foot as far as you can while keeping both heels on the ground. Most of your weight should be on your left foot. You can use your hand to touch the ground for better balance. Return to the starting position by straightening your left leg while sliding your right foot back. Do three sets of 10 slides per leg.

One-Legged Squats

One-legged squats are beneficial for strengthening your leg muscles and improving your balance, both of which are essential to skiing. Stand straight on one leg with your other leg bent at the knee. Bend your knee as if you are sitting down without completely reaching a seated position. Pause for five seconds and return to standing position. Do five to 10 repetitions and switch legs.

Double Leg Jump Over

This exercise aids in building agility while improving your ability to land smoothly when skiing. Start by placing a small object on the ground. Jump sideways with your feet together over the object and back to the other side. Bend your knees when landing to let your quads absorb the impact. Continue for 30 seconds and gradually increase the intensity or duration per session. Wear a protective pair of shoes with plenty of cushioning. Jumping on snow with skis causes less impact compared to jumping on a hard surface.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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