Get Ready for the Slopes at the Gym

If you’re thinking about skiing this winter, now is the time to start getting ready.

Stamina, strength and flexibility are key to being in peak skiing condition.

Come talk to us about any questions you have. But here’s a good general guide to how to prepare.

  • Cardio. Be sure to go on a few walks each week, and take the stairs when you can. Or, if your stamina is already fair, then work in two or three cardio workouts weekly.
  • Resistance training for legs. Most of the muscle strain from downhill skiing is on your quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves. A nice leg circuit twice a week will help get you ready. That means squats, lunges, leg curls and calf raises. Ask for a demonstration if you’re not familiar with proper form.
  • Core. Skiing requires a strong core because of all the twisting and leaning forward. Get ready with planks and twists.
  • Flexibility. Stretch before working out with weights, walking or running – and that includes your lower back.

If you’re a veteran skier, you know what fun is waiting for you. And if not, it’s never too late to learn.

Baby boomers make up about 20 percent of US skiers. The sport isn’t nearly as demanding as it used to be, since the equipment is so much better now. Senior discounts abound. And what other sport gets you outside in fresh, clean air amid spectacular mountain scenery?

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