Ski Day Warm Up tips

People are rushing to the mountains for a day on the slopes!

So fun!

So exhilarating!

So sore the next day…

While we adore our access to winter sports in Vancouver, our bodies can get a bit cranky with a sudden change in activity if we don’t warm them up properly.

All it takes is 10 minutes to make a significant difference in your recovery!

Before strapping on your boots, sit down and write the alphabet in the air with your feet to do a quick and effective warmup for the ankles.

Repeat this again when you finally take those boots off at the end of your day!

Then, stretch your calves out by placing the front of your foot on an elevated surface or incline and holding still there for one full minute with the knee straight, and one more minute with the knee bent! Two minutes total per leg.

Finally, make sure you are adequately hydrated! Many days on the slopes seem to involve no water breaks and lots of beers after. Especially now that masks are mandatory! Staying hydrated is essential to proper muscle recovery, aids in important delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your tissues, which means that you won’t be as sore over the next few days!

So remember,

Hit the slopes, Don’t let the slopes hit you!

Prehab is better than Rehab!

In health and strength, Jes.

Jes Von Henske, RMT