Ski season is just kicking into gear, and the first day on the mountain might leave you exhilarated, but sore. Very sore! You went skiing. Here are a few suggestions of ways to ease the aprés ski pain:
- If you have access to a hot tub, take full advantage and sit in it for about 20 minutes. If you don't have that luxury, a hot bath or shower feels amazing too. You can also apply a heating bad to tight muscles. Heat brings blood to the area, which helps loosen the tissue so your muscles can relax.
- Massage tight areas or better yet, pay a professional or have a kind friend do it for you.
- Don't just sit there. Try to stretch your tight quads, hamstrings, hips, lower back, calves and anywhere else you feel tight. Doing light exercise like walking may help to ease aches too.
- If a certain area is extremely swollen, or you have a chronic injury such as knee pain or a pulled hamstring, place an ice pack on the area for no more than 20 minutes. It'll reduce swollen tissue and numb the pain.
- If you're really in bad shape, don't be afraid to pop some OTC meds such as Ibuprofen. It'll help reduce swelling and soreness.
Fit's Tips: If you're just starting out the season skiing or snowboarding, take it easy. Start off with a few half days to get your body used to it, and when you're ready, go for the full days.