One of my absolute favorite things to do in the winter is ski. I love skiing. I had my first lesson when I was 4 years old. There is nothing that compares to being on the mountain. Even after tearing my ACL (the first time – while skiing), I could not wait to get back on the slopes.
I am ITCHING to ski. I missed ski season last year and, since having kids, I don’t get to go as often as I would like. But that’s OK. My kids are getting to the age where they can learn to ski. And hopefully, they too will fall in love with it.
We’re going skiing next week and I’m really excited. The only thing is that I haven’t really done anything to get in shape to ski. Oops.
I know that it’s unrealistic to think that I’ll get in shape to ski in a week, especially since I’ve been sick recently. But I know how important it is to have strong and flexible legs. Skiing can put a lot of strain and stress on your legs, particularly the knee joint. The last thing that I want to do is hurt my knee again.
This week, I’m going to work in a few good yoga sessions to work on my flexibility and stamina, including poses like High Lunge, Low Lunge, Warrior I, Warrior II, and Chair pose as well as hip openers like Pigeon and Lizard pose.
Most importantly, I’m going to focus on leg exercises to build strength and to get my legs ready to ski. In addition to knee strengthening exercises, I’m incorporating this circuit into my workouts this week.
Lunge with Rotation
Make sure you’re only rotating at your waist
You want to make sure that you keep control of your knee during the movement – make sure your knee stays in line with your foot and doesn’t roll or wobble inward and make sure that you hips stay level.
Hopefully, these exercises will prevent me from being a total disaster on the slopes!
And yes, I’m going to be careful and I’m going to wear a big honking knee brace. I’m going to take it easy and ease my way back into skiing, at least initially and then we’ll see
Do you ski? How do you prepare for ski or snowboard season? Where’s your favorite place to hit the slope?
Disclaimer: I do not have any official training, certifications, or degrees in fitness. The views I express are mine alone, based on my own experiences. Always talk to your doctor or a trained professional before starting a new diet or fitness plan.
More Ways to Follow Love, Life, Surf