Fall is upon us, and with Thanksgiving quickly approaching, that can only mean one thing: Winter is coming. No, I’m not talking about the Game of Thrones finale (we’ll have to wait until the summer of 2019 for that). I’m talking about the start of another ski season. I’m talking about catching the first chair and ripping GS turns down perfectly groomed corduroy. I’m talking face shots in feet upon feet of glorious white powder. Park and pipe. Moguls. On piste. Off piste. I’m talking charging for 8 hours with the sun on your face and wind in your hair, waking up the next morning and doing it all over again. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Skiing is a complex, total body sport both, aerobic and anaerobic, that requires strength, stability, mobility, and cardiovascular endurance. And if your plan is to show up at the gondola without any prior training, I have bad news for you. At best, you’ll be winded, your muscles are going to be extremely sore and you might not be looking forward to that 7:00 AM wake-up call. At worst, you put your body (especially your knees) at risk for injury. So, if you’re taking a ski vacation this year, or lucky enough to live in the mountains, don’t just pray for snow, check out these exercises to prepare your body for your best season yet.
Bike, swim, run, elliptical, spin, row, jump rope. Dealer’s choice.
For more videos on releases, exercises, and stretches, check out our React Physical Therapy YouTube page here.