Rule #1 Stay warm
Rule #2 If in cold weather bundle up (layered clothing, coat, gloves, hat and scarf.) The scarf is key it keeps your neck from tightening up.
Rule #3 Sore from shoveling, relax the sore muscles. Sit by the fire, read a book, see a movie, help others (refrain from moving furniture), get a massage or a facial.
I lived in Upstate New York and shoveled snow from November to May, it wasn't fun. It was gorgeous and the clear sidewalks were worth the effort. Sunny days felt like they begged us to be outside hiking or working in the yard.
Bright sunny days, begging you to do yard work? Stretch first, wear gloves to minimize calluses, take a few moments to enjoy your work, and hydrate (alcohol doesn't count in this category.) Sports Massage helps by working the muscles in grouped categories by Range of Motion. Not just for marathon runners, and professional athletes... Sports Massage helps by working the muscles in grouped categories by Range of Motion. Occasionally, we over stress one piece of the puzzle. Sports Massage helps remind the body that the other puzzle pieces are still there and can help support the one or two that are out of sync.
Was home repair your goal this weekend? Hot Stone Massage helps the ache as the heat seeps into the muscles. We put a living room back into an open plan house and my husband said fix my back. His back said, not happening. He asked me to try, the Hot Stones melted away the tension like it was butter.
**Caution with Hot Stone Massage: they have to be heated evenly and appropriately, not just any stone works, if they are too hot for your Massage Therapist to hold - they are too hot for your back, they should never have steam rising off of them, they should never cause you to say ouch. Not a home kit item, Hot Stone Massage requires training.**
Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Hot Stone Massage are all helpful to mend sore muscles. *Newly injured muscles (tears, rips, or open wounds), should be seen by a doctor.* That said, sore muscles and aches are not fun pastimes. Trade them in for relaxation and rest. Take care of yourself and mend.