Spring is in the Air

Spring is in the Air

Although we are still getting snow, spring is finally coming and that means we are dusting off our bicycles, rollerblades, and running shoes to jump into outdoor activities. Even if you were stayed pretty active over the winter, chances are that you will be working muscles that you haven’t used for awhile, which may lead to soreness and additional recovery time. Of course, I will recommend that you come and get massage to help aid in the removal of lactic acid and toxins, as well as provide relief for your aching body parts, however, there are additional things that you can do to take care of your body and make sure you don’t induce physical limitations on yourself before we actually feel the warmth of the sun.

Stretching:

Listen. I get it. Stretching is hard to make time for. You figure the most important part of working out is the exercise part. But we also need to stretch after working out.  When you neglect to stretch, you muscles tighten and you restrict your range of motion, decreasing mobility. Then, when you go to use those muscles again, they are weak or limited and you put yourself at risk for injury, join pain, and muscle damage (2013, Harvard Health).

Epsom Salt:

Epsom Salt is one of my favorite tools for relaxing sore muscles. Its main ingredient is magnesium sulfate, which is a natural muscle relaxant and also aids in the body’s removal of toxins and waste. Magnesium can be taken as a supplement, but is best absorbed through the skin, so taking the time to relax in the tub can also be a great way to detox your body and soothe aching muscles and joints. For maximum effect, add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to your bath and soak for 12 minutes.

 

 

 

 

 

September, 2013 The Importance of Stretching. Harvard Health Publishing. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-importance-of-stretching

 

(n.d.) Health Uses of Epsom Salt. Epsom Salt Council. Retrieved from https://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/uses-benefits/