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And by John Atkins
Though it’s the slowest-moving sport featured here, hiking is probably the best one for overall ski conditioning. It strengthens the lower and upper leg muscles, hip flexors and gluteals. Be sure to swing your arms for power while hiking in order to strengthen your upper torso. Hiking builds stamina, improves agility and teaches you how to absorb shock-all of which are crucial for a great day on the hill.
Picture jogging in place with a lateral, rather than forward, motion. Move your feet from side to side with small, rapid steps. Do the jugie for 10 seconds and then take a 30-second break. Begin with three sets of 10 seconds and, when you’re ready, increase to three sets of 30 seconds.