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You’ve no doubt heard that many professional athletes often follow a gruelling training programme, especially if there is an upcoming event or competition. However, the recovery phase is just as important, making sure those muscles are ready to go again next time. Whether you’ve never stepped foot inside a gym before or you’re training for your first marathon, you’ll quickly find that looking after your muscles is equally important.
For years, there have been all sorts of recovery techniques from simple stretching to ice baths. While the latter might seem quite daunting, there is some truth in having a bath to relieve your aches and pains. In particular, Epsom salt can play an important role.
Epsom salt is made of magnesium and sulphate, which together can help your body to recover through improved relaxation, reduced inflammation and detoxification. It was first discovered in the 17th century in the town of Epsom, and has since been used across medicine and healthcare applications for its restorative qualities.
Our Epsom bath salt is made only from these two natural ingredients, helping your muscles to truly relax and let go of the stress you’ve just put your body under.
Many people choose to exercise to reduce their stress and clear their head, as well as increasing their fitness and generally feeling good about themselves. However, exercise itself can put your body under stress as it stimulates your nervous system, so it’s important to regulate this. Whether it’s a light jog, lifting weights or something much more intense, what you do after you’ve exercised is important.
No matter whether you are new to exercise, if you only do light exercise or you are a high grade athlete, you will likely experience Delayed Onset Muscle Stiffness (DOMS). It can leave muscles feeling sore and can last for a few days.
Try running a bath after your workout and add 1 cup of Epsom bath salts, and soak in it for at least 20 minutes. This can play a big role in helping your muscles to relax and prevent DOMS, while also providing your body with the minerals it needs for general wellbeing.
Many professional athletes will recommend the use of Westlab Epsom bath salts, including Steve Cram CBE, Jo Pavey MBE, Colin Jackson CBE and Laviai Nielsen - all of whom have represented Team GB in the Olympics.
However, bath salts can be used by anyone at any fitness level. They are designed to help you recover whether you are taking part in a park run, Tough Mudder event or competing in a professional sporting team. Elevate your bathing experience and enjoy a relaxing, restoring bath, complete with a rich mineral content to help you feel yourself again.