Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Apres Ski - Winter Toolkit

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Ski season is finally underway in Colorado after a full week delay for opening at Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts. I have a winter toolkit ready for a tired body after a day on the slopes and I found everything I needed at my local Target. We are lucky enough to live in the mountains, so skiing is only minutes away and trails are right outside our front door. There's just as much to do in the winter, as there is all summer. That means there is little downtime for a sore body! 

 I headed to Target to stock up on MOTRIN® IB, Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream, and Epsom Salt.
 You can find these products located in the Health and Beauty aisles at Target.
Speaking of Beauty, check out this beautiful ski day last year. Blue skies, great snow and even an on- mountain marriage proposal.

 Powder in the back bowls...
One of my favorite ways to get ready for ski season is barre class. I teach several classes each week and nothing strengthens the outer hips (glutes) quite like barre! I'm showing a great move below in one of my classes- lift the back knee and the ankle and in the same line, parallel to the floor. Pulse 1" lifts for 40 reps. Sometimes 80...depends on the day!
The photo below is from a 5 week ski conditioning class I started pre-season, leading up to opening day on the slopes. Here, they were working on Romanian deadlifts, kettlebell squats, elevated hamstring work on a giant exercise ball and 22lb medicine ball tosses. 
We followed up with rounds of leg blasters: 20 deep squats, 20 alternating forward lunges, 20 jumping lunges, 20 jumping squats for week one. By week 5, we built up to 5 rounds of leg blasters with 30 seconds rest between rounds. The build up definitively came with some soreness. We often joke about trading one soreness for another- either pre-season conditioning or just going out on day one on the slopes with tired, burning legs. Even if you don't ski, there are other winter activities to consider...
 I spend time all winter hiking, trail running and snowshoeing.
 Even ice skating! Well, a few times with actual ice skates on my feet.
Here's a closer look at the handy winter toolkit I keep stocked at my house that works for almost all apres winter activity: foam roller to roll tight muscles and IT band, Epsom salt to soak tired muscles in a hot bath, hand warmers go inside my ski boots on the way to the resort and into my gloves when we get there, MOTRIN® IB & Ultra Strength BENGAY® Cream for sore muscles, tea and hot cocoa to warm up from the cold and warm comfy socks because ski boots.
What else would you include in your own winter toolkit?

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