Downhill skiing is a great form of exercise that challenges your legs, core, balance, and cardiovascular endurance. Being on the mountain is also a great way to enjoy the winter months and stay active. For most of us, the start of ski season arrives and we have not prepared our body for the intensity of exercise that comes from a full day of skiing. To help with muscle soreness and decrease the chance of injury, preparing your body for the specific demands of skiing prior to the season can help.
When your legs are fatigued, you are more at risk for injuries. Preparing by working on your core and hip strength can improve your balance and decrease your risk of lower extremity injuries.
Try these exercises to prepare for ski season. If these exercises cause pain, you can modify them to decrease the challenge or reach out to your physical therapist to discuss the issues that you are having. Remember that to see the full benefits of an exercise program you need to start early. Try incorporating these five exercises into your normal workout routine before you hit the slopes.