Winter is here, which means it’s time to head to your local chalet and enjoy some snowboarding or skiing. But how can you make sure that you’re optimally prepared for sliding down the mountainside? Make sure your list of exercises include the following ones: Yoga Squat, Lunges, Hip Extension with Reverse Fly and Rotations.
Though Functional Training, at its heart, aims to help your body perform everyday activities to the best of its ability, its benefits transcend day-to-day movement. Why? These types of exercises work multiple joints and muscles at the same time, while building on your overall strength, agility and balance – all perks that’ll serve you well on the slopes while snowboarding or skiing.
By focusing on Functional Training techniques, you’ll more easily avoid injury (as you’ll be more attuned to how to move your body correctly), traverse your track’s obstacles more easily due to improved coordination and maintain better balance on your skis/snowboard, too.
So – without further ado – here are some great Functional Training exercises to get you fit for the skiing and snowboarding season ahead.
Benefits: Increases your overall flexibility and amps up your leg strength. Ready to do some cool flips in the snow?
Benefits: Lunges (which are an exaggerated reflection of walking) strengthen all your major leg and buttock muscles, helping you to navigate your skis or board with heightened dexterity.
Benefits: Boosts your balance and coordination skills while strengthening your shoulders, glutes, legs and upper/mid/lower sections of your back.
Benefits: This exercise has two great pluses, building on your core strength while teaching you the correct way to move your back (avoiding injuries from twisting it).