From the desk of John Parr PT, OCS, CMPT, Director
Winter is a great time to stay active. Skiing and snowboarding are obvious choices for fun in the snow, but snowshoeing, hiking or simply walking can be equally enjoyable. Whatever you choose, getting around in the winter requires increased strength and balance. You can improve your winter fitness with these three simple exercises.
Put your right foot forward and bend both knees a few inches into a lunge. Try to hold for 10, 20 or even 30 seconds. Repeat with the other side. Perform 3 – 5 repetitions.
Place your feet shoulder width apart. Put your arms forward, bend your knees and drop your rear toward the floor. Stand back up and repeat until you feel some muscle fatigue in your thighs.
Single Leg Balance
Stand on one leg for 30 seconds, or as long as you can. Repeat with the other side. Do 3 -5 repetitions. For additional challenge, try place some objects on the floor and reach for them with one foot while you balance on the other.
By working on these exercises at least 3 times a week, your strength, endurance, and balance will improve to help you get the most out of you winter activities. If you are unable to perform these exercises, have questions, or are experiencing pain which is preventing you enjoying your winter activities to the fullest, physical therapy can likely help.
Enjoy the snow!