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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
3 Things to Do After a Hard Hike
You just did a hard hike and you do not want to feel like you got hit by a train the next morning. So, what can you do to prevent being sore and tight the next day?
First, go soak in a Jacuzzi. The hot water will sooth your muscles. If the bottoms of your feet are sore, place the bottom of your feet next to a jet. This really feels good.
Second, stretch after the hike. If you can go to a gym, it's better because gyms have more stretching equipment than you have at your house. Also, if you drive to the gym you will not blow off stretching. Stretch any muscles that are tight.
Third, be active after the hike. Do not sit around until you go to bed. Walk the dog, vacuum the stairs (inside joke) or do yard work. This helps keep your muscles loose.
If you are prone to cramping after a hike, eat something salty if you don't have high blood pressure.
Unrelated Note: The parking lot at Pine Creek Canyon in Red Rock Canyon is closed through August 2017.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV