Everyone has heard of skiing, but have you ever heard of skiing during your workout? You haven’t? Well, now you can with FizzUp! Ski jumps make an excellent cardio and strength training exercise for toning your legs. They’re unusual, fun, intense and the perfect exercise to do as part of a high-intensity interval training workout. Learn about the benefits of ski jumps and try these helpful tips to make at-home cardio more effective.
As the name implies, ski jumps involve doing movements that are similar to the sequence of turns you would do if you were skiing. Here’s how to do them at home.
To start the exercise, stand with your feet together. Next, jump to the right with your feet together as you rotate your body slightly. Bend your knees as you land. Once you’ve absorbed the shock, jump immediately to return to the starting position before you jump to the left. Then, continue jumping side to side as many times as you can during the allotted time of the exercise. If all goes well, you’ll look just like a skier, without the hat and ski suit, of course!
“Focus on your landing”: To do this exercise correctly and effectively, always make sure to soften your landing by landing on the balls of your feet first. You can also put your heels on the floor to improve your stability. When you’re comfortable with this exercise, you probably won’t need to use them.
“Use your arms to help you with the exercise!”: To do the exercise correctly, you can swing your arms to give you more momentum as you jump and to help you keep your balance as you land.
Ski jumps target your lower body and mainly help strengthen the front and back of your calves, hamstrings and quads.
As a cardio exercise, it also significantly works your heart. Because several of your muscles are hard at work, your heart has to beat faster in order to supply them with enough blood.
The FizzUp workout program includes many alternative exercises to work the same muscles and develop the same athletic skills. With these alternatives, you can change the difficulty of your workout and make them more fun and motivating.
High-knee run: This really easy exercise involves running in place by raising your knees up high. It’s included in your warm-up or as part of a cardio workout, depending on how fast you do it.
Running in place: 3, 2, 1, raise your knees high as you move your arms back and forth to run in place!! The goal is to move as fast as you can.
Double butt-kickers: You’ll turn up the heat with this alternative exercise. Start by doing two small and quick jumps in place so that your feet barely leave the floor. Next, do a third jump that’s much higher so that your heels touch your buttocks. Repeat exercise to continue the set.
As you can see, ski jumps are the perfect exercise for at-home cardio. When you put a lot of intensity into this exercise, you can strengthen your heart muscle, which significantly improves your cardiovascular endurance. You won’t get out of breath nearly as fast, which enables you to go about your everyday tasks or play sports with greater ease.
With a variety of unusual exercises such as plank rotations, burpees, the Arlaud movement and bear squats, the FizzUp fitness program helps you to develop a wide range of athletic skills so that you can feel fit and get your dream body.