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To reduce the possibility of injury, as well as extending your time on the slopes, you should engage in some ski training exercises before your next ski vacation.
Because you use your legs so much during skiing, it’s important to build the muscles in your legs. This will also give you additional strength and endurance. If you belong to a gym or health club, use the leg machines to build muscle and strength. Do three sets of 10 repetitions with both legs. Follow this by reducing the weight by half and doing the same exercise on each leg individually.
If you don’t have access to a gym, you can still work your legs. Do lunges. These are also an overall body work out as well. When doing lunges, make sure your knees don’t go past your ankles to reduce the possibility of injury. In addition, squats are beneficial to your ski training, especially if you combine them with hand weights.
Another part of your ski training is to increase your aerobic endurance. You can do this be engaging in circuit training. Simply run or jog for a minute and then perform some muscle toning exercises. Repeat this three to four times. If you have access to a ski training machine, stair climber, stationary bikes and such, these are also great ways to improve your endurance.
To improve your flexibility, you’ll want to include stretching in your training regime. By improving your flexibility through stretching exercises you’ll be better able to adjust to directional changes while skiing.