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Summer sports relief


06 July 2022

With Wimbledon in full swing, many of us are making the most of the great weather and extra daylight hours and upping the ante when it comes to summer sports – and there’s good reason to.

The benefits of physical activity outdoors are plentiful – from boosting endorphins for that ‘natural high’ and improving self-esteem, to getting more vitamin D and burning more calories. Yes, you read that right – studies show that we tend to exercise longer when we’re outdoors than at home or inside. Bring it on!

And of course, there’s the fact that outdoor sports can also provide an opportunity for people to explore new places and meet new people.

So many choices…

So then, what types of sports are great for being outdoors in warmer climes? Being inspired by the wonderful Emma Raducanu has naturally done wonders for tennis clubs across the nation. But increasing numbers of people are also taking up sports such as jogging, football, swimming and rounders.

If you’re keen on taking up more outdoor pursuits (but your trainers haven’t yet seen the light of day), then you’re going to need to take things slowly. And that means obeying the rules of warming up and cooling down and remembering to stretch. Stretching is just as important for the cool down as the warmup – and what you’re also trying to do is avoid getting cramp.

Cramping happens when your muscles suddenly spasm (by contracting or shortening), which causes temporary (but sometimes severe) pain. And in that sense, it can be very debilitating.

Be kind to your muscles

Prevention is always better than cure when it comes to looking after tired muscles. It’s also important that your muscles have time to repair themselves and periods of rest are important for this to happen. But if you really want to pull out all the stops when it comes to being kind to your body, then make Epsom Salt your new best friend.

Make time to run yourself a bath after a period of strenuous exercise and pop in a cupful or two of Newton Wood Epsom Salt and sit back and relax for at least 20 minutes. The use of Epsom Salt is what generations of athletes and sports coaches have advocated as a means of reducing muscle soreness and relieving cramps. But what is it that makes the Epsom Salt great for tired muscles? Thanks to its magnesium properties, inflammation, muscle aches and joint pains are eased, helping boost performance for future activities.

Did you know that it is scientifically proven that your body needs adequate magnesium to use glucose effectively and process lactic acid? It’s thought that soaking in dissolved Epsom Salt (magnesium sulphate) allows magnesium to be absorbed through the skin – and transdermal absorption is not subject to the same limitations as gut absorption, and can therefore be more effective.

A great pick-me-up

And it’s not just sports that can leave muscles feeling sore and achy. A long day at the office, a day walking with friends or even tackling the weeding in the garden can leave you feeling like you need a bit of a pick-me-up. Again, a soak using our Epsom Salt crystals can alleviate the symptoms of RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) caused by sitting at the computer all day, or why not opt for a foot bath if your feet need some TLC?

Maybe get your nearest and dearest to treat you to a gentle, massage? An Epsom Salt scrub can really help the muscles relax and recover after an intense workout at the gym, post-run, walk or simply after a stressful day.

TOP TIP: To make your body scrub, mix equal parts of shower gel and Newton Wood crystals together. Allow them to partially dissolve and then apply to the skin in gentle circular motions, brushing up towards the heart.

If you’re finding it difficult to switch off in the evening, particularly after partaking in outdoor pursuits, Epsom salt baths are very relaxing and ideal to use just prior to getting your head down for the night. They are believed to help with insomnia by reducing stress levels which may lead to better sleep quality. And if you get the right balance of exercise and sleep, you’re off to a great start this summer – enjoy!

I use these after strenuous exercise or when I get pain in my knees (hypermobility), and always feel my muscles and joints are better for it. My skin always feels so soft after and LOVE the fact that they are vegan/cruelty free. Will definitely be continuing with these salts. Thank you Newton Wood for soothing my sore joints!