1. Bodyweight squats
Standing with your legs shoulder-width apart, bend your knees and slowly lower your body down as far as is comfortable. Try to keep your heels down as if they are strapped into your ski or snowboard boots. Push you weight through your heels rather than through your knees. Hold this position for a five counts, then push through your heels and stand up straight. Repeat. Skiers need strong quadriceps muscles, so squats are brilliant for building this strength.
2. Side squats
Skiing is all about turning and going sideways, not straight down the mountain. Because of this, you need strong muscles on the outside of your legs – these are called your abductors. Keeping your back straight and facing forwards, lunge sideways slowly, lowering your body down onto one leg. Try and keep your knee facing straight ahead and control the movement slowly. Go down only as far as you feel comfortable, supporting your weight with your hand on your knee if you need to. Push back to the standing position and then lunge to the opposite side.
3. Spinal twist
Being flexible will help you get more out of your skiing. Lying on your back, raise one leg. Keeping your knee as straight as possible, slowly rotate that leg to one side, across your body to meet the floor. Keep both shoulders on the floor and try and hold the stretch for at least 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
4. Skipping rope
Jumps, moguls and off-piste skiing require both cardiovascular fitness and strength, so have a search in the loft for that old skipping rope and get started! To increase your fitness, you may also want to give HIIT (high intensity interval training) a go. We have videos for beginner, intermediate and advanced level.
5. Single leg jumps
Mark out a cross on the floor, either with tape or string. Stand on one foot and jump criss-cross to each corner. Repeat on the opposite leg. Varying the speed and the distance of the hop will help to develop good balance and agility. Because skiing is all about quick reactions, this blog exercise will improve your balance and agility, so hop to it!