On the lookout for some wellbeing-warrior products, that will go the distance in helping you before and after a work out? From soothing those muscles, to smelling as good as you feel – here are the top 6 fitness essentials.
1. Maximise recovery with magnesium
After putting your body through its paces, treat yourself to a nice relaxing bath to soothe those muscles. Try Daytox Mineral Salt Bath (£4.00 from Ocado), which provides your body with the essential mineral.
Magnesium. Magnesium is absorbed through the skin as you soak in the bath and helps relax skeletal muscles by flushing lactic acid buildup in the muscles, which may occur during exercise. It also helps regulate muscle and nerve function, easing soreness and stiffness.
2.. Post gym shower frizz-free curls
The Only Curls Only Curls Hair Towel – (£15.00 www.onlycurls.com) is made of microfibres which have been developed specifically for curly hair, offering a simple solution for frizz-free curls after sweating it out at the gym.
Hair is most fragile when wet and the uneven surface of a regular cotton towel roughens up cuticles and absorbs moisture from only the surface of the hair. Uneven cuticles and imbalanced moisture distribution results in frizz. 100% microfibre smooth yarns leave cuticles intact and absorb just the right amount of moisture for perfect frizz free curls every time!
3. Roll your way to smelling as powerful as you feel
For the ultimate quick-fix fragrance pack your Miss Guided Eau De Parfum 10ml Roll On Babe Power (£8.00, The Fragrance Shop), in your gym bag . Key fragrance notes include a vibrant splash of grapefruit zest and sour cherry, sharpened with crisp apple and pink pepper.
At its heart, orange blossom is accentuated with soft peony and jasmine for a succulent signature; while vanilla, creamy musk, playful candy floss and amber crystals combine to leave a provocative lasting impression – so you’ll leave the gym feeling as powerful as you did when boosting those endorphins!
4. Make the most of a massage
A massage before, or after a workout, can support your wellbeing. Getting a massage before working out allows the muscles to get warmed up and stretched out, helping to make you feel more flexible. Having a massage post-workout can help reduce muscle soreness, by reducing inflammation and recovery time – through speeding up cell recovery.
If you don’t have the time to get a massage, or are watching the pennies, you can still work wonders by giving yourself a massage with SheaMoisture African Watermint and Ginger Detox Bath, Body & Massage Oil (£11.99, Boots).
This refreshing oil combines certified organic Shea Butter with African Water Mint & Ginger to rejuvenate and refresh the skin with an invigorating scent, whilst also helping your body to recover. This also helps to protect the skin and restore moisture – which is much needed after a vigorous workout.
5. Ease Your Aching Joints
No matter your age or fitness, when you have put your body through a challenging run, or gym session, your joints may well feel it. Aid your recovery with super collagen shots like LQ Liquid Health Joint Care (£24.99 10 x 50ml bottles, Boots).
This daily liquid shot helps to maintain and promote joint, cartilage and bone health. The impressive formulation contains 2,000mg of collagen, a major constituent of connective tendons, bone, cartilage and other tissue. It also contains Glucosamine which is significant renewal of cartilage and other body tissues and Copper, Ginger and Vitamin C.
6. Don’t forget the ultimate gym-bag essential
Heading straight from the gym to work, or on to a night out with friends? Don’t forget your Twist & Spritz (£12, The Fragrance Shop (www.thefragranceshop.co.uk), which allows you to transport your favourite perfume in a travel-sized 8ml atomizer, which is perfect if you need a quick fragrance top up, to ensure you smell great all night long!