There’s nothing quite like the exhilaration felt barreling down a snowy slope with the wind and sun on your face.

It’s ski season in Canada and with hills opening across the country in the next few weeks, weekend warriors will be hitting the downhill slopes and cross-country trails for exercise and fresh air. Skiing, snowshoeing and even tubing are excellent sports to keep active during the winter months. But maintaining optimal health with exercising often comes with sore joints and aching muscles.

Light activity can help ease soreness by increasing circulation to over-worked muscles. Gentle stretching or heat therapy, such as a hot bath or direct heat to the area of trouble, can also ease stiff muscles and have you back on the slopes in no time.

When pain lasts longer than six months, it is classified as chronic. One in five Canadian adults suffers from chronic pain. For research into chronic pain and medical cannabis, check out this blog post.