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Core workouts for snowboarders and skiers

It's skiing and snowboarding season again and it's time to get out of the house and hit those snowy slopes. However, getting back into your groove can be difficult if you haven't been keeping up with your core exercises. Whether you are new to riding or can do helicopter jumps with used ski equipment, try a few of these kid-friendly core exercises that will keep you and your family balanced on your gear and riding straight all day long. 

 Curlups
Lie down on your back with your hands underneath you and your legs straightened out. Slowly raise your chest with your abdominal muscles. As you raise your chest, keep one leg straight and the other bending with your foot still in contact with the floor. Hold this position for at least 3 seconds, then release. Repeat on both sides three times.

Bridge
Lie on your back once again with your knees bent and your feet planted on the floor about a foot away from your glutes. Slowly raise your lower back by driving your feet into the ground and activating the hip and gluteus muscles. Hold this position for three seconds and repeat. Try doing this exercise 15 times.

Pushup plank
Start this exercise by getting on all fours. Place your hands about shoulder-width apart. Once your hands are set you can extend your legs. Keep your core muscles tight and don't let your lower body sag. Hold this pushup position for at least 30-60 seconds.

V-Sit and hold
Lie down on your back and sit up, bending at the waist. As you near the top, extend your legs and arms into the air. Hold this position for a second before releasing. Do this 15 times.

Warming up and working out your core before you do any serious downhill riding is not only important to keeping balanced but also to keeping you safe from injury. Many times, our body adjusts to shifting weight and changing centers of gravity when we are on the board. When a part of our body is not as strong as other muscle groups, it overcompensates and can be stretched too far or may bear too much weight. This extra pressure on our joints and muscles can cause sprains, tears and other painful injuries. Now that you know how to keep yourself injury free, you can get outdoors and hit the slopes with confidence.

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