It seems like Mt Hood has been a little short on snow for the past few weeks, but the website for the Teacup Nordic area reports that the trails are open and are beckoning cross country skiers. Whether you’re a veteran Nordic skier or a beginning novice, you’ll inevitable feel your lungs and legs burning on your first few laps around the trails. The first few days on the mountain after the off season are always brutal. Cross country skiing is actually such a good cardio-respiratory activity, that it tops the list for the most demanding aerobic activity that an athlete can perform. You’re arms are pumping to push through your poles. Your core musculature is working vigorously to keep you vertical while balancing on one leg. And, your legs are, of course, kicking powerfully to accelerate through the snow.
Given the we live in Portland, and the the mountain trails are up to an hour and a half away, it’s often difficulty to get more than a day or two per week of training on the snow. Next to daring the busy streets on roller skis the only other solution is to perform dry land conditioning routines that mimic the musculature action involved in cross country skiing. With that in mind, we’ve designed a sample workout that can be performed with ease in your garage or at the gym. Have fun with it:
*There are inherent risks of injury with any exercise routine. Please be safe and consult your physician or another qualified health-care practitioner before beginning an exercise routine, including the one shown above. If you live in the Portland area, and are in need of physical therapy services, please contact us at (503) 496-0385.