Today’s reader question:
Anything I can do to stop getting so sore after snowboarding?
Yeah, there’s definitely a few things you can do. You can’t stop it 100%, but there are a few things that will reduce your overall soreness from a long day snowboarding.
1) Sleep (highly underrated)
Your body needs sleep to recover and perform at it’s best. It’s not really rocket science – if you don’t get enough sleep your body is going to get tired and sore easier and not be able to recover quickly.
Do a day on the slopes with a good 8-9 hours rest before/after and do the same with 5 hour of sleep before/after and you’ll easily feel the difference. Sleep matters A LOT, especially if you snowboard regularly.
2) Compression gear
As I’ve mentioned in the past, compression gear doesn’t make you instantly twice as strong or fast, but what it does is it helps with reducing how sore you get afterwards.
It basically works by improving your bloodflow and also helping you warm up quicker, which is the reason they’re very popular among athletes in other sports, such as cycling or basketball.
Compression gear is usually designed to work as a great base layer that wicks away moisture, so it’s a simple matter of wearing it under your mid-layer and jacket.
Without getting too sciencey, L-Glutamine is a simple powder that basically helps your muscles recover faster and reduces muscle soreness, which is why many bodybuilders and gym trainers use it regularly.
Don’t worry, it’s not bad for you like steroids or anything like that, in fact, it’s a useful amino acid that your body needs while recovering from exercise and most research has shown that L-Glutamine actually helps your body function better, so that’s a nice plus.
You can get a tub of L-Glutamine for about $20-30 and each serving is only about 5 grams which you mix into any drink. Personally, I like to mix it into a protein shake since your body needs protein after a long day snowboarding, but that’s up to you.
This may not be needed for my younger readers, but for everyone else, a cold icepack on your sore joints is great for reducing soreness, inflammation and post riding swelling.
For example, I have a bad knee, so I usually strap an icepack to it for 15 min after coming home from a day on the slopes. This helps reduce the amount of swelling and pain I get if I had a rough day.
If nothing else, it’s an excuse to sit in front of the TV for 15-30 min and get some energy back into my system.
I’ve seen some pro snowboarders going as far as taking ice showers/baths after snowboarding, but obviously that’s a little more extreme and isn’t something that everyone is keen on doing.
5) Deep tissue massage
If you have the money, a deep tissue massage is AMAZING for your muscles and I’d highly recommend it.
Now don’t confuse this with your regular relaxation massage because deep tissue massages really get into working your muscles and are not relaxing (imagine someone pushing really hard into your muscles), but your body feels the benefits later.
I’d go so far as to say that if I could afford it I’d have a deep tissue massage every week… but that’s on my to-do list and not in my current budget 😉
So that was 5 things you can do to help reduce muscle soreness after snowboarding. I didn’t mention exercise because that’s kind of obvious, but obviously having good overall body conditioning is going to help you stop you from getting as tired/sore.
Hope that answers your question!