It goes without saying that winter is rolling in in full force, and with MLK weekend coming up it's prime time to hit the slopes! Skiing (and snowboarding) is such a great workout, as it embodies all the principles I apply in the P.volve method: functional movement, balance, bodyweight resistance, muscle stabilization, joint rotation and alignment, and perhaps most importantly, glute activation.
I've teamed up with Perfect Moment, a leading ski and sportswear brand, to cover some of my best tips to get the most of your mountain time, and ensure a fully relaxing après-ski.
3 tips to preventing skiing soreness
An extensive stretching session both before and after your skiing session.
Keeping the body and muscles limber and lengthened is essential before any workout, but especially before and after hitting the slopes. When your body is exposed to colder temperatures, the muscles tend to constrict even more, so opening up the body pre and post-ski will counter that natural tightening effect that leaves you sore for days after. This will also keep you more limber and allow for faster reaction time, giving you a smoother ride.
A kneeling hips stretch routine.
The hips are where the magic happens. As the center of the body, all force and control in the legs and stabilization in upper body comes from the hips. Once the hips are opened and activated, the rest of the body follows suit. Kneeling hip stretches are my favorite way to create that gentle expansion in the joints and muscles without accidentally hyperextending.
Drinking plenty of water and getting in some clean protein before your ski session.
Staying hydrated is key-- I don't think that needs much explanation-- while ensuring you have a protein-rich meal before suiting up will improve muscle recovery. Wild-caught fish, grass-fed meat as well as plant-based proteins like nuts and hemp hearts contain amino acids such as L-arginine that help with blood flow and capillary constriction, allowing for faster recovery and release of lactic acid buildup.
Of course, jumping in a hot tub after a long day on the mountain always helps, too.
For P's top pre-ski stretches, watch the full video here! For more stretching routines, don't forget to filter for "stretches" in your P.volve streaming library.
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