Whether you’re stuck with winter duties like shoveling or you’re having winter fun skiing, sledding, and building snow forts, the hard work can really cause sore muscles and body aches (and that’s if you don’t slip and fall!).
If your back, arms, or legs ache, it’s best to head those pains off with a little rest and care before a serious problem develops (and if you have pain for more than a few days, see a doctor).
Heat & Cold For Sore Muscles
Sore muscles often respond well to heat. A warm pack, a bath, or just getting out of the cold can ease the aches of tired legs and sore muscles. Switching to cold after a few days can keep the aches away.
There are many commercially available creams for sore muscles, but if you have dry winter skin the alcohol in them can really burn.
Gentle Stretching & Rest
Staying off injuries is important, but it can also lead to stiffness and future body aches. Gentle massage, as well as very gentle stretching to maintain dexterity can make the difference when you’re legs ache.
Remember Your Vitamins!
The right nutrients can support your body’s healing, not just ease the aches and pains. Methylsulfonyl Methane (MSM) is one example of a nutrient that can be found in food, but is more stable (absorbable) in a high quality supplement like Body RLF. MSM is a source of sulfur for the body that can be used in joints and muscles.
Vitamin supplements can also be a good source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help the body fight inflammation, which can often accompany sore muscles (exercising causes inflammation as muscles rebuild themselves, so it’s important that a healthy diet accompany physical activity).
With or without a supplement, make sure you get a healthy diet, especially when your body needs a little help, whether it’s a winter illness or your legs ache.
If you injure yourself, and there’s visual cues of the injury, see a doctor.
What do you do for winter body aches?