The summer solstice has come and gone, the days are getting shorter.

Yes, I know it’s not even the Fourth of July, but ski season will be here before you know it. So if you want to be ready to tackle the slopes without doing yourself damage, it makes good sense to stay in shape during the off season.

Some suggestions:

Do something you enjoy: Whether it’s cycling or swimming, running or roller blading, staying in shape is easier if it’s something you like to do.

Set realistic goals: Don’t try a 10k run first crack out of the box. Start small and move up in small increments, whether it’s the weight you’re using or the time you spend on a bike.

Make fitness a priority: One of the toughest things about staying in shape is finding time to exercise. So make an appointment with yourself to work out. If you set aside the time, it’s harder to duck.

Get advice from the experts: A personal trainer, a fitness guru, someone who knows how you can make the most out of your workouts and teach you how to do them properly, without injury.

Workout with friend: More fun for you, better for you both.