From a fitness standpoint, ski season is probably closer than you realize. If you want to ski well and ski happy, you should give yourself at least 8 weeks to shape up for the slopes.

If you've been sedentary in recent months, you'll want to start a moderate exercise program that includes 3 days of cardio workouts (20 to 30 minutes each) and at least 2 days of strength training with weights. Don't overdo it; increase the exercise duration or intensity gradually.

If you're already working out, include some exercises that can strengthen the muscles pivotal in skiing. For example, target your leg and hip muscles with squats and lunges, your midsection with crunches and oblique crunches, and your shoulder muscles with military presses and lateral raises.