Being on top of your fitness game can result in some achy muscles. I like to refer to this post-workout soreness as a good kind of sore. Think of it as a reminder of the work you put in.
One of the rituals that I have integrated into my life is taking Epsom salt baths. Magnesium, which is the key ingredient in these salts, is a mineral that has been studied to aid in muscle relaxation and repair. It is believed that magnesium enters your body through the skin and helps to reduce swelling and aches. While Epsom salts are considered safe, if you have low blood pressure, check with your doctor before using them.
How to use them: add one to two cups to your filled bathwater. Very warm, not overly hot water is the ideal temperature for an Epsom salt bath soak.15 - 20 minutes is the ideal time to allow the salts to penetrate your muscles. If you do not have a bathtub available, you can create a soak with 1 cup of salts and 1 quart of warm water. Immerse a washcloth in the mixture and wring out the excess water and use it as a compress on a specific area of the body that is sore. These salts are very easy to find at local pharmacies and health food stores. My favorite brand that is also economical is Dr. Teal's salts, which are infused with different properties. The coconut blend moisturizes your skin while relaxing your muscles and the lavender blend aids in inducing sleep and has calming properties that make for a perfect pre-sleep ritual.
Make February the month to add some new self-care routines to your life. Your body and mind will love it!