So what can you do to help minimize or manage your discomfort after the fact?
1. Stretch it...after you have finished your shovelling make sure you dedicate some time to stretching your body, paying particular attention to your back, sides, shoulders, and arms. (for ideas check out 10 daily stretches)
2. Drink it...grab a glass and have a big drink of water, it will
replenish the fluids you have lost thru sweating, and help to flush lactic acid from your body (lactic acid being that nasty compound that causes muscles to feel stiff and sore).
3. Soak it...grab your Epsom salts and hit the tub, the magnesium in Epsom salts will help to release the lactic acid from your muscles and into circulation, so when combined with drinking water will help to flush it from your system.
(for Epsom salt bath directions click here)
4. Heat it...grab your heating pad and relax, heat works for muscle tension and spasm because it relaxes the muscles, soothes nerves, and increases circulation which will help flush the lactic acid away.
5. Rest it...take some time when recovering from shovelling to
rest, most of the time we forget that in 30m of heaving shovelling you essentially work the muscles in your entire body, so give your muscles a break just like you would after hitting the gym.
These steps will help you fight back against the discomfort that can be caused by shovelling. Don't let shovelling put you on the couch in pain for days, treat it like you would any workout, give yourself some TLC, and make sure enjoy the time you spend outside.