It's that time of year again when the leaves change colors, and the air is chilly! Soon winter will be here, and that means ski season is just around the corner. Like most people, you may panic a little about how you will get in shape to enjoy this fantastic winter activity. But have no fear. We're here to help!
In this article, we'll outline cardio routines that will help you get ready for ski season. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, these routines will help you get in shape and have some fun while doing it.
Get Ready For Ski Season With This Amazing Cardio Routine
Ready to hit the slopes? Before you do, make sure you're in top shape with these excellent cardio routines:
Elliptical Interval Workout
This elliptical interval workout is a great way to get your heart rate up and your muscles working. The best part? You can do it right at home.
Here's how it works:
- First, hop on the elliptical and set it to a moderate pace.
- Then, jump off the machine and do 10 jumping jacks.
- Hop back on the elliptical and increase the speed to a fast pace.
- Jump off again and do another 10 jumping jacks.
- Continue this pattern for 20 minutes.
This workout is a great way to mix up your routine and keep things interesting. It also helps to improve your overall fitness level and burn calories.
The cardio-medley workout consists of six exercises that you will perform for 30 seconds each. You can either do them all in a row or mix and match them as you, please. Here are the exercises:
- Jumping jacks
- Butt kicks
- Mountain climbers
- Jumping rope
- Running in place
Sprint Interval Workout
Sprint interval workouts are the way to go if you're looking for a challenge. This type of cardio workout involves short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by shorter periods of rest or low-intensity exercise. For example, you might jog for one minute, followed by 30 seconds of sprinting. This cardio routine is great for conditioning your body and getting in shape, but it also helps you build explosive power that's essential if you're hitting the slopes this ski season!
Make sure you've got the right gear before getting started; good running shoes and a quality pair of hiking socks can make all the difference in comfort and performance. And if you need more motivation, why not check out our wide range of winter accessories, from polarized goggles to balaclavas and heat-trapping base layers – all designed to help you get the most from your outdoor adventure.
Split Leg Lunge Changes
This move is essential for preparing your body for the slopes in no time—it strengthens and tones muscles in your legs, glutes, core, and arms while getting your heart rate going.
To perform the split leg lunge changes:
- Start in a low lunge position with your left leg forward and right leg back.
- From here, jump up, switch sides, and land in a lunge on the other side.
- Keep switching sides until you feel your heart rate start to rise. Make sure you keep your chest lifted throughout the movement.
By adding split leg lunges to your cardio routine, you'll not only get in shape for ski season but also build strength and help prevent injuries. That said, always wear appropriate protective gear like helmets and knee pads when out on the slopes!
Lateral Ski Bounds
Lateral ski bounds are a great way to get your legs in shape for ski season. You'll need a sturdy pair of ski boots to perform this exercise, such as our selection of top-of-the-line Salomon ski boots.
- Start by standing on the flat ground with your left foot forward and your right foot back.
- Then, extending both arms forward, hop laterally (side-to-side) with a powerful jump as if you were skiing downhill.
This move helps build strength and agility for quicker slope turns and increases power when traversing rugged terrain.
This exercise is simple and effective, requiring no equipment, and can be incorporated into almost any other workout.
To do a runner's reach:
- Start by standing tall with your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Next, take a big step forward with your right foot and reach up with your left hand as if touching the sky.
- Bring your left hand down and repeat the same movement but this time with your right hand while simultaneously taking a big step forward with your left foot.
- Continue doing this for 20-30 reps to increase your balance and coordination while also getting an incredible cardio burn.
Squat Hold Touchdowns
This exercise builds strength and stability in your lower body and core. To do it:
- Stand with your feet spread hip-width apart while holding a weight plate in both hands at arm's length.
- Then, bend your knees and squat down until your thighs are parallel to the ground, making sure to keep your back flat and core engaged throughout the movement.
- From here, raise one arm towards the sky while keeping the other hand firmly on the plate.
- Finally, return to the starting position to complete one rep. For an extra challenge, you can increase the weight of the plate or add more reps.
Hop and Stick
Hop and Stick require you to jump up with both feet and stick the landing with one foot in a lunge position. This increases agility, coordination, and balance — all critical skills needed when hitting the slopes. Plus, this exercise will also help build up strength in your legs, core, and arms — providing you with the power and endurance to power through those long days on the mountain!
Get the Right Gear for your Ski-Season Ready Body
It's time to start getting ready for ski season, and your cardio routine is a great way to get your body in shape. But don't forget that having the right gear can make all the difference — from keeping you dry and warm to help you stay safe on the slopes.
To make sure you have everything you need for a great winter of skiing, here are some must-have items for your ski gear bag: waterproof gloves, extra layers (like merino wool or synthetic), goggles, helmet, a backpack for carrying snacks, and water, sunscreen and lip balm with SPF protection. So stock up on all the essentials before the slopes open this winter — you'll be ready to hit the mountains!
Boone Mountain Sports has got you covered if you are ready for ski season and need essential gear. Visit our website to check out our gear catalog.