Ski season has already started with more resorts opening every day. Have you been preparing for it?  You may not realize it, but having a strong core is imperative to becoming a good skier. A good core will provide you with a solid center, which is perfect for minimizing back pain and providing better stability and balance.  While sit-ups and crunches seem to be the go to for a great ab workout, there are some other exercises that you should throw in to add muscle confusion and change up your routine.

If you have a couple minutes to spare during the day, you can get yourself into better shape for the upcoming ski season.  By adding the following ski exercises, you can help strengthen your core and add stamina, so you can ski longer and enjoy it more.

The Plank

Ski Plank

Assume a basic push up position and hold for as long as you can.

Your back should be perfectly straight as if you could balance a broom stick on it.

Make sure your butt or back doesn’t sag downwards or protrude upwards.

Suck your belly button in toward your spine and breathe normally.

Start off by trying to hold for thirty seconds. As you feel more comfortable you can increase the amount of time you hold the plank position.

 

Superman

superman

Simply lay face down on the floor with your arms stretched out in front of you.

Lift your arms and legs off the ground at the same time.

Hold this position for thirty seconds.

When doing skiing exercises, or any exercises for that matter, remember to breathe.  The oxygen to the lungs and to the blood will actually make these exercises easier to do.

Strengthening doesn’t always require breaking a sweat or heading out to the gym.  These core exercises can be done right in your living room.  Practice these skiing exercises while watching TV. Make commercial time exercise time with planks and supermans and you will be ready for ski season in no time.

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