Recommended Ski Season Exercises

Following our successful article on exercises you should be during the off-season, we are pleased to bring you part #2 which covers some useful stretches to do during your days skiing.

Although skiing is exercise, pre and post ski stretches help keep you flexible, which helps prevent injury.

Pre-Ski Stretches

Arm and Shoulder Stretch
While standing, bend your right elbow and put your arm behind your head, holding your right elbow with your left hand. Move the back of your head against your right arm until you feel a mild stretch in your triceps and shoulder. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds; then switch arms.

Chest Stretch
Interlace your fingers behind your back and slowly turn your elbows forward. Hold for 10 seconds.

Doorknob Calf Stretch
Latch onto a doorknob with both hands. Place the ball of your left foot against the door, heel to the floor. Pull your chest toward the door until you notice a stretch in your lower leg. Hold for 15 seconds and switch legs.

Post-Ski Stretches

Seated Trunk Twist
Sit with your right leg straight. Bend your left leg, crossing your left foot to the outside of your right knee. Pull your knee toward your opposite shoulder until you feel a mild stretch at your hip. Hold for 15 seconds and switch legs.

Leg Elevation
Lie on your back and extend your legs up a wall. Keep your rear on the floor and your lower back flat. Hold the position for two to five minutes, while breathing rhythmically (1-2-3-4 inhale and 1-2-3-4 exhale).

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