The Single Best Way to Fight Off Post-Ski Soreness

Sorry, it takes more than a hot tub.

You've been waiting months for that long ski weekend. You're loaded up on the latest gear, your lodgings are all set, and you're dying to hit the slopes for that first run. The only problem? Your quads and glutes don't share your enthusiasm. So what should you do to prepare for your body for the punishment that awaits?

Of course, the best thing you can do is hit the gym in the weeks and months before your trip. But assuming you haven't been knocking out all of your pre-trip box jumps and deadlifts, the single best way to ease next-day pain is to hydrate like mad. Water flushes lactic acid (a primary cause of soreness and stiffness) from muscle cells and lubricates joints. You should drink two glasses with each meal and after every few runs.

Also, jump into the hot tub for 15 minutes both before and after you hit the slopes, taking time to stretch your back and hamstrings by placing one leg at a time on the side of the tub and curling your head toward your knee.

Remember: warm muscles aid athletic performance; cold ones snap under the pressure. And if you finding that you're way more out-of-shape than you realized, be sure to try The World's Fastest Full-Body Workout.

Kevin Stone, M.D. Dr. Stone is the founder of the Stone Clinic, in San Francisco.

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