After a few days on the slopes or in the water after a string of good swell, we’re all typically a Jello-like wobbly mess. Even if you’re a seasoned skier, snowboarder, surfer or paddler, there are likely days when you have to peel yourself out of your car and stagger up the stairs, and the next day you’re still sore and tight all over. And if you’re a beginner at your sport it can be even more painful: the combination of the brain working overtime to try and learn a new movement pattern and then commit it to long-term memory, the nervous system stimulation of charging downhill on the muscular-skeletal system converge in a perfect cognitive and physical storm.
This wouldn’t be so bad if only you performed a little self-maintenance afterward, but In reality, that’s not very apres-like and most people’s concept of ideal recovery is a cold drink in a hot sauna. While we’re not against that, you should consider adding a minimum dose of mobility work into the mix to liberate those tight tissues and restore yourself to proper function. Spend just two to three minutes on the following exercises and you’ll be surprised how much better you feel and, if you’re going to be back on the lift or out in the water again tomorrow, how much extra performance juice you can squeeze out of yourself.