1. Pre-condition and start gradually. Begin doing the exact movements you will be doing during your sport at least a month before actually playing. Give your body a chance to gradually adapt early in the season, especially as the environment (temperature) changes. 2. Warm-up before each game. Stretch AFTER. Every time take 3-5 minutes before beginning to get your muscles, tendons, and ligaments ready for action by performing full body movements such as squats, jogging on the
Welcome back to our post- ski and snowboard stretching series! Now that you know how to stretch the muscles at the front of your hips and on the front of your thighs, let’s look at two stretches for muscle groups located on the back of your legs – the calves and the hamstrings. ** Remember, only go until the point where you first feel the pull through the muscle (there shouldn’t be any pain with these exercises). Once you’ve found that point, hold the stretch for about 30 sec
Imagine this: It’s a clear, sunny day, and you are packing it in after a great day of skiing or snowboarding. You take off your gear, grab a snack, and hop into the car to head home. Everything is going well, until you finally get home and start to unload the car. Your hips feel tight, your thighs feel shaky, your calves feel stiff… Sound familiar? I know I’m not the only one to have experienced this! With March Break ski and snowboard trips on the horizon, this is a good tim
Vacations and "Staycations‟ are great ways to rejuvenate during winter months. However, a week of indulgence and inactivity can leave your body in need of another holiday. Good nutrition and adequate movement is essential to work toxins out of our systems and replenish energy. Here are some tips for a healthy and nourishing holiday whether at home or abroad. 1. Drink lots of (clean) water! This will keep your bowels happy – which has a significant effect on how you feel – and
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a common mood disorder that occurs when our days are shorter and we get less exposure to sunlight.
Symptoms can vary from low energy and motivation, or cravings for more carbohydrates, to difficulty getting out of bed and moodiness. Most people in colder climates experience the ‘winter blues’ to some degree. The good news is there are plenty of things we can do to reduce the symptoms of SAD involving diet, lifestyle, supplements and me
It's easy to pack on the pounds during the holiday season. Whether or not you’ve slacked or splurged this season, the beginning of the year is a good time to commit to taking better care of yourself. Here is a list of the most common New Year’s Resolutions: 1. stop smoking 2. diet/lose weight 3. exercise more 4. spend more time with the family 5. get to bed earlier 6. stop drinking 7. spend less money Unfortunately, by February, many people have forgotten about, or given up