Fitness uses of Epsom salt baths

From mid-summer training to New Year’s fitness resolutions, top trainers and wellness experts recommend soaking in Epsom salt baths to help relieve sore muscles, promote recovery, soothe tired feet and help you sleep.

How Epsom salt baths help with training and muscle recovery

Health and wellness coach Darby Jackson says that exercising creates small micro-tears in muscles that need to be repaired through proper workout recovery, otherwise you’re at risk for injury and stalled progress. One of the recovery techniques she recommends is Epsom salt baths to help relax muscles, loosen stiff joints, and unwind after a long day.

Prominent exercise physiologist and board-certified sports dietitian Marni Sumbal, and Ben Greenfield – one of the nation’s top fitness, triathlon, and nutrition experts –  recommend Epsom salt baths while training in hot summer weather to help relax muscles, repair muscle damage, decrease swelling and inflammation, and speed up recovery.

Other fans of Epsom salt baths for sore muscles include celebrity trainers Nicole Winhoffer and Jay Cardiello, two-time Olympian Elena Hight, and founder of barre3 Sadie Lincoln.

Learn more about Epsom salt for training and recovery.


Epsom salt bath for sore muscles

  1. Add 2-3 cups of Epsom salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub (double the Epsom salt for an oversized garden tub)
  2. Soak for at least 15 minutes
  3. Tip: the Epsom salt will dissolve quicker if you put it under the running water