Don’t Let Juno Knock You Down
Winter storm Juno is quickly approaching. Take care of your body today – move, stretch and mobilize! Dig out your lacrosse balls, tennis balls, golf balls, foam rollers, sticks, Thera Canes, bands, etc. and get to work!!
People across New England will stock up on bread, water, wood and other supplies today but few will prep their body for the movements (shoveling and playing) that they will be doing tomorrow, and this, my friends, can be a dangerous thing!!
If you don’t have time to incorporate flexibility and soft-tissue work into your schedule today, please stretch and roll tomorrow before and after you go out into the snow! Your body will be grateful for those few minutes you spent prepping!
Here are a few ideas of how you can warm-up and/or cool-down before and after shoveling:
- Hold a morning yoga and stretching session with the family/kids.
- Perform the active kneeling hip flexor stretch.
- Warm-up the hip flexors with the stepping over and under movement drill.
- Release trigger points with myofascial release/foam rolling techniques.
- Stretch and mobilize the body as a whole with ground transitions #1 and ground transitions #2.
- Check out the low back tweak fast fixes and the simple five way shoulder mobility exercises by Kelly Starrett at Mobility WOD.
How do you ready your body for work and play in the snow? Do you stretch or warm-up before and/or after romping in the snow? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.