Hitting the slopes is a great way to break free from the stresses of everyday life. Unfortunately, after a busy day of skiing or snowboarding, you may find that your body doesn’t appreciate the extra work you’ve done (which didn’t really seem like work at the time). Stiffness and soreness may make it harder to get back on the lift that next day. Or, if you are only doing a day trip, getting back to the office may also prove a daunting task.
Ahhhhh! It Hurts to Sit Down!
Skiing and snowboarding both activate muscles all over the body, which is especially evident if you haven’t been using those muscles. Work them enough and you may find that both walking and sitting become difficult (everything hurts and I'm dying!). Here are some skiing and snowboarding tips for how to naturally recover from a day on the slopes.
It is never a great idea to engage in physical activity with cold muscles. If jumping jacks and jogging aren’t your thing, feel free to take the easy way. A quick trip to the sauna or hot tub will help your muscles relax and become more flexible. Unless being chased by a bear, try and avoid dynamic movements with cold muscles. If you don’t have spa access, you may have to do it the good ole’ fashion way with a light warm up.
Dehydration can have a lot of negative implications for the body. Remembering to take in liquids is much easier when you are warm. Despite the lack of visible sweat, you are still losing water during the physical exertion from skiing and snowboarding. This can cause cramping and general fatigue. Drinking water can keep blood flowing where it needs to go. It can also help flush out toxins from questionable food choices and alcohol consumption, which is typically enjoyable but not ideal for muscles.
Take CBD Oil
You may have heard about the benefits of CBD when you are feeling sore, and the stories are true! Discomfort in the body is often a result of inflammation. Antioxidants are great for reducing inflammation from the inside out which can help keep you moving more comfortably. CBD has been patented by the U.S. government as an antioxidant.
Receptra CBD may also help inhibit discomfort from skiing and snowboarding by boosting the longevity of anandamide (the bliss molecule) in the body. Anandamide is an endocannabinoid that helps keep you in good spirits and physically feeling good.
The last thing you want to do after a long day on the slopes is take the time to stretch. It is a necessary evil. Try and stretch right after you get off your last run and then again every few hours. This will help keep your muscles from fully stiffening up, which means you will be more limber the next day.
Post-slope Ice Bath
If this doesn’t sound terrible then you are probably some kind of crazy person. Despite how difficult it may be to convince yourself to take an ice bath while surrounded by snow, it just might work. Cold helps to prevent the breakdown of muscle tissue and help stimulate repair of “micro-tears” in the muscle. Though it might be tough to get in, it will be worth it when you wake up refreshed the next day.
Get a Massage
Do you even need to hear the reasoning on this one? Of course, a massage sounds amazing! As your muscles tighten up, stimulating circulation is crucial. Getting a massage after skiing and snowboarding will help reduce lactic acid build-up and reduce inflammation. If you can’t get an appointment shortly after your day on the slopes, give yourself a mini massage. To make sure your time is well-spent, try using Receptra Naturals Targeted Topical to engage with endocannabinoid receptors right underneath the skin.
If you really did some work out there on the mountain, there is a good chance you won’t have any trouble falling to sleep. The benefits of sleep are countless. Sleep is necessary for the body to properly recover, rebuild muscle and function like a normal human being. Shoot for at least seven hours if possible.
Optimize Your Skiing and Snowboarding Adventure
Don’t let the discomfort and stiffness of a great day spoil the rest of your time on the slopes or the days to follow. A little planning can go along way. Dress warmly to keep those joints and muscles from stiffening in response to the cold. Bring lots of water, and don’t forget your Receptra Naturals CBD!