Prepare your body for winter

By: Connor Riley

Let's Talk About Body Structure

Tightening our muscles to bring our shoulders to our ears in an attempt to stay warm does more harm than helping us. First, that movement does not warm us up any more than keeping our shoulders down. Most people already walk around with certain levels of tension in our neck and shoulders. It often only takes one extra aggravating factor to set off pain, or a spasm that restricts our mobility to turn our head from one side to the other. As we get cold, we may find that our posture is adjusted to protect our neck from the cold in a lowering the head further forward and lifting the shoulders to the ears placing an addition strain on your neck and shoulder muscles. Throw on a scarf as you enter the cold and book a massage to maintain the neck and shoulder tension to avoid a spasm or mobility restriction.

Tips For Shoveling

First, warm up properly! Let your body wake up and feel ready to go outside to take care of all that snow! Digging and shoveling for a period is hard work. Let’s start off the day by lowering the risk of injury. While shoveling it is important to maintain a healthy posture the whole time shoveling. This alone will help minimize any strain on the low back. If you need a break, take it! Stay hydrated, we are in layers so sweating will happen. Drinking water will only help you perform better physically and will help you be less stiff and sore from all that shoveling. So please hydrate up! Lastly, book a massage and let your body fully recover from all that hard work.

Protect Your Spine

  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and have your shoulders and hips facing towards the area you are shoveling
  •  Keep your knees bent, back straight and push from the handle
  • Shift your weight from your back leg to your front leg rather than bending at the waist
  • Now engage your core muscles, bend your knees and squat down with your legs apart, keeping in mind to keep you back straight
  • Keeping your back straight, lift from the legs until you are in a standing position.
  • If you need to throw the load off to the side, turn your body to face that way first rather than twisting

Skiing Or Riding?

Skiers and Riders! Have you prepared your body for all the trails you are about to ride? Or are you the type of mountain adventurer that just sends it to the mountain regardless of your current body’s conditioning? Either way, a massage needs to be in your future! Let’s help you recover, prevent injuries, and keep you feeling great to continue your winter wonderland adventures all winter long!

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