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Snow Days and Sore Legs

We are thrilled to bring you this guest post by Naomi Rotstein of One Fit Foodie, where she blogs about exercise, recipes and the fit life. Naomi recently went skiing and gives us some great tips for a slope worthy work out.

Snow Days and Sore Legs
Monday-a foot of fresh on Aspen!(photo by Aspen Mountain 1/10/11)
Hey friends! Skiing this weekend was so much fun! We skied all day on Saturday and the slopes were EMPTY. We went down a few trails and stopped a little ways down, looked up and there was not a sole on the mountain. That is MY kind of skiing.

Sure, I enjoy skiing, but I really enjoy it if the mountain isn’t crowded. We never once had to wait in line to get on the lifts and never once did I get nervous that someone would ram into me on the slopes. I am what they call a ‘cautious’ skier. I take my time and like to see all around me at all times. Needless to say, it was a great trip!

Skiing is also a great workout, contrary to what some would think. Boy were my legs sore after a day on the slopes. Skiing uses all of your muscle groups and trust me, you will feel this the next day!

Quads: Provide the protection to your knees. You are constantly in a squatted position while skiing down the slopes

Hamstrings + Glutes: When skiing your body is in a flexed position and the hamstrings and quads do a great deal of work to stabilize your body

Adductors + abductors (inner and outer thighs) You use these muscles the entire time you are skiing down the slope. The outer thighs keep your body stable and also help to steer you in the right direction.

Calves: With your legs being in a constant bent over position (squatted position) this puts a lot of pressure on your calf muscles, which is why it is important to keep them strong!! The calf muscles help to ensure you do not fall over while skiing.

Abs + Back (Core): When you are in a flexed position while skiing your entire core is firing to help stabilize your entire body. Your abs work to protect your back and you can actually feel the muscles firing while skiing!

NaomiHere is a Ski Ready Workout!

Warm up 5-10 minutes on a cardio machine of your choice

Circuit 1-Repeat 2-3 times
* Body weight squat OR Squat on Bosu ball (15 reps)
* Stability ball back extension (15 reps)
* Stability ball roll outs (15 reps)
* Vertical Jumps (15 each side) **Keep feet together, jump side to side as if you were jumping over a line on the ground) Use arms as momentum to help assist you!

Circuit 2-Repeat 2-3 times
* Pendulum lunges (front and back)(12 reps each leg)
* 1 min plank
* Single leg squat (12 reps each leg)
* Calf Raises (20 reps)
* Stability ball hamstring curl

Circuit 3-Reapeat 1 time
* Burpees (10-12)
* Bicycle Crunches (45 seconds)
* Jump Squats (10)
* Lat Pulldown (12 reps) ** Choose a weight that is challenging but one which you can complete the desired number of reps with proper form
* Run fast in place (45 seconds)