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Published Monday Mar 11, 2019 by Jacki Carr

3 Ways to Recover After a Snowshoe Excursion in the Rockies

Fitness
Beauty
Skincare
Acupuncture

Forecast in the Colorado skies says snow and the inches keep growing hour after hour. You check WAZE and traffic is intensely frightening on 70 to get to any ski lift any time soon. However, in the corner of your closet awaits a lightweight pair of straps-meets-waffles ready to rock any winter storm. 

Set the GPS to Evergreen and take the quick 37-minute ride to Three Sisters Trailhead. Hey there Rocky Mountain snowshoeing! With ample amounts of loops—insider tip, I love the second parking lot next to Alderfer’s Instagrammable barn—it’s time to turn your phone on airplane mode and prepare for a full-on winter wonderland nature immersion.  

Trekking in the snow is a killer workout, so may I suggest a full-on pancake free fall into the snow— or perhaps a snow angel—to start off, followed by a break and a granola bar at the halfway point to rest and refuel. 

Post-snowshoe excursion, you’re probably ready for a little *extra* recovery and rejuvenation. Upon returning to Denver, here’s my wellness hit list (and tips) to help you reset after that adrenaline rush you just conquered. It’s called balance and it is so necessary when it comes to the winter thrills we all seek living out here in the Mile High! 

 

Sore no more.

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Trekking uphill through the snow with the paddle magic that is snowshoes is a major workout for your entire body. Hello legs, hello core, hello heart cardio! And you will feel it the next day. Planning for recovery post-snowshoe is essential and I’m all about the holistic healing practices of Denver’s Harmony Healing. Specifically, cupping and acupuncture to balance my body after an epic adventure.

Newbie to cupping? Cupping uses glass cups and heat to increase circulation, release toxins and create suction on your skin to help with issues like inflammation, muscle tension, and blood flow. Adding on an acupuncture treatment enhances immunity, emotional health and has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. It is a double down type of treatment in which you work from the inside out and relax while the cups and needles work their magic.

 

Submerge. 

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A hard day on the trails puts major stress on your muscles, which calls for a space to get quiet, release any tension and literally float when you get back to the city. The benefits of float are endless, including increased oxygen flow (especially after getting in higher numbers on a hike!), neutralization of the spine, reduction of stress symptoms and removal of lactic acid. 

A new studio opened in the heart of Cherry Creek, VIVE Float : A Rest and Recovery Wellness Center, and I went for a float. Picture this: you enter the spa space and immediately switch from your hiking boots to spa sandals. The staff welcomes you, and gives you the tour, which includes a Quiet Room—featuring a fire pit, tea, and the comfiest chairs—to rest before or after treatment. Your private float room awaits with a body temperature pool of salt water mixed with magnesium to float any stress right away. You get to choose from any color of the rainbow you desire your float to be and different options of music. Or you can go Pure Float style, which is no music, no light, all you. Fun fact: one hour of sleep in the soak tank equals four hours of sleep IRL. You read that right, FOUR HOURS. 

 

Skin love. 

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It is no secret that we have to level up our skincare game living in the Rocky Mountains. The harsh winter air takes a toll on our pores and that wood burning fireplace is a recipe for dry skin and dehydrated muscles. Enter the magic of the Triple Threat Facial-Ultimate Glow Facial at I {Heart} Skin. As you lay down on the heated bed, founder Jenny Leazer-Ragolia clicks the steamer on your face to open your pores. From there, it’s time to zen out with an oxygenating treatment, LED Red Light Therapy and a long-format sculpting facial massage. Plus, Jenny’s facial roller game is impressive—I got the Rose Quartz roller to wake up the collagen in my face and smooth fine lines.
Pro tip from Jenny: If you’re looking to save your skin before you head out for a snowy adventure, put on a hydrating serum and good SPF. Once you get home, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and nourish your skin with a facial oil and moisturizer. While your skin might feel dry, this is not the time for harsh toners or a detox max, all about the replenishment. 

Not into spending a day snowshoeing to reap all these amazing benefits? Up your self-care practice and love your mind and body all year long with these amazing Denver wellness treatments on the MINDBODY app

Jacki Carr
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Jacki Carr
Rock Your Bliss Co-Founder | Writer
About the author
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, and yoga teacher with a real, honest style that helps connect people to their most powerful self. Co-founder of Rock Your Bliss, you can find Jacki in Evergreen, Colorado drinking another bulletproof coffee on her front porch with her husband, two daughters, and their pups.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!