If you are planning on hitting the slopes soon for some skiing, then it pays to get in better shape. Skiing is a sport which requires both aerobic and anaerobic fitness, as well as considerably leg strength. The fitter you are, the more you will get from trip to the pistes, and you are also less likely to fall victim to injury.

The best way to boost aerobic ski fitness is with endurance exercises such as running, swimming, cycling or stepping. Brisk walking, especially if there are hills involved, can also help you burn fat and improve your cardiovascular condition.

 

Interval training, where you alternate intense, short periods of activity with short periods of rest, will help your anaerobic fitness. This kind of fitness helps you to perform when you are using more oxygen than you are breathing in. Again, running, cycling and stepping are some of the best ways of doing this.

 

There is a way to get for skiing at home though. There are now ski-specific machines which perfectly mimic the movements and rhythms of skiing. Using one of these, or participating in other endurance type activities like those detailed above, for just 20 to 30 minutes three times a week should see you in great shape for your ski trip.

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