Ever have those mornings when you feel so sore from working out that you’re practically dragging yourself out of bed? Or maybe you feel too exhausted after school or work to make it back to the gym? Instead of being dragged down by aches, pain or stiffness from your exercise routine, energize yourself with one simple solution: Epsom salt!
Here are some ways that this extraordinary natural mineral can boost your pre- and post-workout regime:
1. Before working out, soak in Epsom salt and relax your muscles
A warm bath of Epsom salt before working out will make your body feel much more relaxed, potentially reducing the risk of strains and injuries. This will make hopping onto a treadmill or lifting weights seem that much easier.
2. Soothe soreness from the previous day or immediately after working out
Sometimes a gym routine can be so intense that the burn can be felt the following day. Soaking in Epsom salt can help get rid of any lingering pains and will allow you to focus more on perfecting your form.
3. Aides in faster recovery
Epsom salt is a well kept, not-so-secret remedy for pain and soreness, so it makes sense to soak in it from time to time to recover from the strains of physical activity. Many pro athletes and sports trainers swear by Epsom salt for quicker recovery, including 3-time “NBA Trainer of the Year” Ron Culp, who recommended the ingredients for Pepsom Sports, an Epsom salt blend that’s specifically designed for athletes.
To achieve these results, simply dissolve 2 cups of Epsom salt into a tub of warm water and soak for 15-30 minutes.
Have you soaked in Epsom salt before as part of your pre- and/or post-workout routine?