Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Shape Up

It's a good time to start training for skiing and snowboarding. Tweaking your exercise routine could pay off on opening day. You don't want your legs turning to jello after 2 runs! Here are some helpful tips. This article can be read in its entirety at

*Cycling -- This is a great endurance exercise that builds cardiovascular fitness and strengthens the quads, glutes and hamstrings. While the weather is still good, get out your bike and start putting on some miles. At the gym, hit the stationary cycling machines.

*Jumps -- Place a foot-long piece of masking tape on the floor. Then stand on one foot and hop across the tape, back and forth, for 30 seconds. Switch feet and repeat. Finish up with both feet locked together and hop from side to side for 1 minute.

*Skiing, at the gym -- Cardio machines that mimic the moves of cross-country or downhill skiing are great to train on because they move like you do in the snow.

*Isometrics -- For strength and balance, pull up an imaginary chair and sit against the wall. Start by standing with your back to the wall. Then slide down until your knees are in line with your hips. Keep your shoulders back against the wall. Hold for 1 to 3 minutes.

Personally I really recommend the "wall sits." It's something you can do while watching TV. Just remember, the pain means it's least that's what I'm told.

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