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Get ski ready

Before you hit the ski slopes, build lower body strength with these exercises. Even if you aren’t planning a winter holiday, use this ski workout to bring variation into your exercise regime.

health and fitness Updated: Nov 30, 2009 20:44 IST

Deep squat
For hip and knee strength, do a deep squat, standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and keeping your head up. Do 2-3 sets of 10 a few times per week.

Side lunge
Do the walking side-lunge by stepping to the side with one leg, your hips back and head and chest up. Keep your weight on your heels as you stand up. Do three sets of 10 on each side a couple of times a week.

Forward lunge
For your legs and glutes, do forward lunges with your legs hip-width apart and your head up. Step forward, keeping your thigh parallel to the floor, then repeat. Do three sets of 10.

Squat jumps
1. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, trunk flexed forward slightly, back held straight. Arms should be in ready position with elbows flexed at 90°.
2. Lower body till thighs are parallel to ground and jump explosively, driving arms up.
3. Land on both feet. Rest for 1-2 seconds, repeat.

Jump to box
1. Stand facing box with feet a bit more than hip-width apart.
2.Lower body into a semi-squat position and immediately jump up onto box.
3. Feet should land softly on box. Step (not jump) back down, and repeat.

Lateral jump to box
1. Stand sideways next to box with feet a bit more than hip-width apart.
2. Lower body into a semi-squat position and jump up onto box.
3. Feet should land softly on box. Step (not jump) back down, and repeat.