Fitness Tip of the Day: Ski from Your Core

Think skiing depends on leg strength? Think again.

A lot of people think skiing is all in the legs, but that is far from the truth—your core is a really important part of any exercise, so really try to diversify your regimen. Core exercises like planks, hollow holds, and leg lifts will help strengthen these core muscles, which will make for a longer more controlled day on the slopes. Focusing on leg strength and power is also important, so start with common exercises like squats, lunges, and deadlifts. Then mix in explosive moves like squat jumps, lunge jumps and box jumps. Running stairs will help when you hit the moguls or a deep snow and isometric moves (holding one position for an extended time period) will help on longer runs and, of course, powder days.”

—Stephanie Smith skis more than 50 days a year and is the marketing manager of Colorado Ski Country USA. In the summer months, she mountain bikes, downhill races and runs marathons.

As reported by Bethany Marzewski.