Whether you consider yourself a bath or shower person, it’s basically universally accepted that indulging in a post-workout salt bath to soothe sore muscles is more than just a calming self-care ritual — it’s more like a natural killer when you’ve pushed the limits a little too hard during your last gym session. Aside from the obvious benefit of helping you relax and wind down after a long day, salt bath’s soothing and tension-reducing properties can help you feel back to normal faster, so you can push through your next spin class without pulling a muscle, being subjected to limping into the office the following day, or you know, not being able to walk at all in the morning.
Salt aside, the warm water in a bath can help muscles recover much faster after a high-intensity workout session because the heat helps reduce tension altogether. Adding a soothing salt mixture to your set-up will amplify your bath’s healing effects. When you work out, you sweat a lot, which often leads to dehydration and depletion of electrolytes—namely, magnesium and sodium. Magnesium sulfate (a.k.a Epson salt) baths help restore balanced electrolyte levels almost immediately because the minerals are absorbed quickly through your skin. Whether you’re looking for a replenishing way to upgrade your R&R routine, or need a post-exercise recovery alternative to chugging sugary sports drinks, these salt-infused bath mixtures will not disappoint.
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