Get Fit Inside and Out

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Skip the Gym! Get ready for ski season in the great outdoors, or in the comfort of your very own home by using your favorite sports to get ski strong. Ideally, we hit the outdoors running after a long day of work to blow off steam and stay physically fit. What you might not know is that your favorite outdoor sports also provide a great ski-conditioning workout. Hiking, mountain biking and trail running all work many of the same muscles crucial for a strong day on the slopes.

Can't get outside as much as you'd like? No worries. We've also come up with an indoor routine for city dwellers. There's one move matched to each of the sports mentioned above, mimicking the sport's motion and targeting the muscle groups used. You can do these exercises anywhere-at home or at the office-with absolutely no equipment. Do them alone or as part of your regular workout routine, and you're bound to see dramatic results on the hill when the snow starts to fly.

Topper Hagerman and John Atkins, sports medicine consultants and former U.S. Ski Team trainers, run Topper Sportsmedicine in Vail, Colo. Got a fitness question? E-mail Topper and John at thagerman@skinet.com. Or visit their website: toppersportsmedicine.com.