Progressive Exercises From Easy To Difficult Can Help You Tone Up.

Okay, it’s late October, and you’ve put this off long enough.  You need to limber up for the upcoming snow season. Without topping up your muscles and stretching those ligaments, you can hurt yourself and have a very short season indeed. With some daily or weekly fitness routines, you can feel and move better on the slopes and trails.  So, get going.

Check out our collection of Conditioning articles under the Health tab.  We have recommendations for some basic yoga poses as well as advice on calibrating your exercise regime to your age.  Be advised, if you’ve spent the summer cycling, hiking or kayaking, you may find that you’ve got to pay attention to muscle groups that aren’t engaged in those exercise activities.  If you’re a walker, you need to think about your upper body.  If you’re a cyclist, what about those hamstrings and shoulders?  Rowing a kayak will build your arms, shoulders and abs, but what about your lower body?  See? Even though you’ve been active, you need to think total body for the season coming up.  Both Alpine and Nordic skiing require active muscles groups all over your body’s geography. So think total body work out.

Physical Therapist Rick Silverman starts us off with a basic leg lift.

Under the Health>Conditioning menu, you will find a progressive series of exercises that are designed to do just that. Physical Therapist Rick Silverman shows us a set of exercises from easy to moderate to more difficult that will get your battery charged up.  In the series, Rick demonstrates exercises for abs, quads, hamstrings, and hips. You can add your own favorites to this basic set including some basic yoga poses like squats, planks, and down dog.  Yes, add Tai Chi, too.

Here are some links the Rick’s series. And we have correspondent Rose Marie Cleese’s own story of her fitness journey for inspiration.  Check them out and start thinking about a regular conditioning program.

Rick Silverman’s progressive exercise series:

Easy Starters For Seniors

Up A Notch

Challenge Yourself

Rose Marie Cleese’s fitness journey starts here.

If you’re reading SeniorsSkiing.com, you are typically an active senior, so the advice in this article probably make sense to you.  Nevertheless, we know older folks who venture out into the snow world without preparing themselves and wind up injured and unhappy.  You can avoid this; get going!

 

 

 

 

 

One Comment

  1. Stephen Fenson says:

    I find that the impact of heel bone to sole of boot is NOT cushioned and I have broken my heel bone in small ways many times before I had a fall off a ladder and totally broke it. The other issue is exercises to release the tension of my tendons on the back of the ankle to the heel. They feel as if to tear if I walk too fast early in the am. Slowly they loosen and I can walk, climb ladders , stairs even run.

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