Powder Days and Jelly Legs: Best Supplements for Sore, Stiff Muscles
There is nothing like a good ski or snowboard day--especially when there’s an abundance of the fluffy white stuff. Powder days don’t happen often, but when they do, there are some things you can always expect. The first is (obviously) all the endless smiles, hoots and hollers from the chairlifts! And the second is the end-of-the-day “wobbly jelly legs.”
You know, that exhaustion that makes getting up from the fire and hot cocoa to trudge to your car a little bit more challenging than usual. But hey: it’s a small price to pay for buttery, surfy turns! After all, no pain, no gain, right?
So what can you take to help your body’s ability to recover after an epic pow day?
H2: What Are the Best Supplements to Take After Skiing--or Leg Exercises?
Skiers and boarders alike can expect tired muscles and legs after a long day in deep snow. But these are the days skiers and riders live for! Powder days don’t come around that often, so you better get it while the getting’s good. And after a full day of quick runs and blower pow, it’s reasonable for your body to feel a bit extra tender.
Let's be real: getting out of bed the next day will also be just a little harder. Even with extra snow! How does a skier cope?
Certainly, hot tubs, stretching, and massages are a great way to get your legs ready for round two, or just for getting through your next day. A good night of sleep, whether in your cozy mountain cabin or ski resort, will also do your body well. But if you’re looking for a little extra help, you can also consider taking the following supplements!
H3: 1) Turmeric Root Extract
Maybe you’ve used it in a curry recipe or in a health shake. But did you know that turmeric has been used traditionally as an ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years in the far East? Scientists have also studied turmeric for its ability to help your body support heqalthy joints. Plus, it supports the body’s antioxidant process!
Additionally, turmeric root may even support your body’s natural ability to recover from stressful and demanding physical activities. Whether you spent your time dropping cliffs or tumbling through moguls, turmeric is a great supplement to pack into your après-ski arsenal.
H3: 2) Quercetin & Bromelain
Quercetin seems to be one of those supplements that has a benefit for everybody. Quercetin is a flavonoid that naturally occurs in red wine, apples, and other food sources. But it’s also been taken by athletes to help support their bodies’ healthy recovery following training. In fact, some quercetin products may support the body’s natural recovery abilities after challenging and stressful physical activity.
Bromelain, on the other hand, is a protein-digesting enzyme found in pineapples and their juices. It’s also been the subject of multiple studies. So, if you’re walking around a little more gingerly and feeling a little more tired than usual, post pow day, it might help to check out the benefits of bromelain.
H3: 3) Devil’s Claw Root
Also known as Wood Spider, Devil’s Claw Root is an herb that’s been used as a traditional folk remedy to support joint health. It’s scientific name is Harpagophytum, which actually means "hook plant,” possibly because it’s so easy to get hooked into (see what we did there?).
Devils’ Claw Root is known for its general health & joint support, as it's been used as a traditional folk remedy for a very long time. After all, a day spent riding or skiing through deep snow is enough to make anybody’s knees wobble (and then some).
Also, this devilishly-enticing herb which may promote joint and cardio support--both of which may be helpful after a long day of skiing the Devil’s Castle at Alta.
H3: 4) Berberine
One of the best ways to end a great snow day is when you finally get to relax in the lodge by a warm fire; plates and bowls of scrumptious, rib-sticking food; and mugs of your favorite frosty beverages. After all, calories don’t count on powder days. Especially considering a 125-pound person burns 180-240 calories for every thirty minutes of skiing.
But even if you overindulge, you could look to berberine, as it may support a healthy metabolism. Berberine may also support the body in its recovery from strenuous exercise. And it may support the body’s healthy metabolic processes which is nice to know after a grueling day of strenuous exercise.
H2: Takeaway: There is No Wrong Way to Enjoy a Powder Day!
The most important thing is getting out and enjoying the moments that matter most to you. Whether you’re charging steep and deep lines of powder or cruising down some gentle groomers, basking in a bluebird sky, the most impacting moments of your life are the ones that let you find gratitude and pleasure in being active and being outside. As always, we’re here to help you get there.
In fact, Solaray is proud to offer all the blends and supplements listed above! Check out our turmeric root extract.
We also have a dynamic blend that contains both quercetin (500 mg) and bromelain (50mg). We call it QBC Plex, where you can get the best of both! It even contains 1250mg of Vitamin C.
Catch you on the slopes!