Sometimes it can feel like we barely have enough time to exercise, let alone the warm up and cool down. But when you decide to rev up your workout regime, recovery should be included as part of your routine. We know that stretches and eating the right food can help make sure your body stays fuelled and limber but there is a new recovery in town – magnesium baths – and it offers a range of benefits from soothing muscle inflammation to improving skin hydration.
“Often people start a new, intensive gym regime, but ignore or don’t make time for recovery. Overtraining has been linked to a range of conditions, including inflammation, pain and even depression,” said Keifer Miller, fitness expert and co-founder of Club Vitality in Brisbane.
Enter magnesium spas.
By immersing yourself in water enriched with magnesium – a naturally occurring mineral in the human body – and Ozone/O3 – a naturally occurring purifying agent, the minerals are absorbed rapidly through the skin. By increasing magnesium levels in your body, you can reduce inflammation and joint pains brought on from training and increase your production of serotonin which can give your mood and energy a boost. It can also be a good alternative to soaking in a pool for those with skin conditions as the magnesium can help to hydrate the skin and sooth eczema and psoriasis.
Miller and his Club Vitality co-founder Sam Shepherd recommend soaking in a magnesium spa for just 15-20 minutes, 2-3 times a week – primarily when sore, tired or rundown. But the trick is finding what works for you from the right workouts to the correct recovery.
“Everyone’s body and mind are completely unique – so it’s not possible to create a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, said Shepherd. “If you need to build strength, it’s important to do high intensity and strength training. But it’s even more important to balance it out with the right recovery, stretching, nutrition and mindfulness approaches to prevent injuries, and build a positive mindset towards yourself and the way you exercise.”