As you may know, I’ve been working very hard to get fit and live a healthier lifestyle.
Part of my lifestyle transformation (besides Weight Watchers) is to exercise 6 times a week, with 4 of those sessions being interval training.
High intensity cardio and plyometics is what I’m doing and it can be painful. So why am I doing it?
Simple. I want to condition my heart, my muscles and my bones as quickly as possible and this is the most effective way.
Yet, I experience muscle and joint soreness and I had to find some relief.
How Facebook Helped
Facebook has a number of private groups you can join. One of the groups I’m a member of is a fitness group that is made of members who do high intensity interval workouts.
In an effort to find relief for my aching body, I reached out to my FB fitness group. One of the ladies in the group sent me a cream.
Pure Herbs , Ltd. Sports Cream Plus – Extra Strength
As soon as I received this cream (it really should be called an ointment because of it’s consistency), I rubbed it into my knees. I have rubbed this ointment “cream” into my knees almost daily.
In addition to rubbing this sports cream from Pure Herbs into my knees, I began rubbing it into my arms and my obliques.
Initially I didn’t notice much of a difference when applying the cream to my knees but after a few days I started to notice that I was able to make it through my workouts without much pain.
Fast forward 2 weeks and I’m virtually pain free. The workouts didn’t get any easier either. They are still very hard and very challenging.
The Pure Herbs Sports Cream Plus contains a water based blend of Yerba Santa, Blue Vervain, Marshmallow Root, Arnica, Indian Tobacco, Red Clover, Mullein, Capsicum, White Oak Bark, Gravel Root, Black Walnut Hulls, Scullcap, Mugwort, Greasewood, Buchu, Knitbone, Black Cohosh, Siberian Ginseng, Sweet Casseva, Natural Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, Lecithin, Vegetable Glycerin, Peppermint Essential Oil, Wintergreen Essential Oil, Cajeput and Glycine Amino Acid.
Whew! That’s some ingredient list!
I couldn’t stop there though. I needed to investigate some of these ingredients a little further to see what the benefits were. Here’s what I discovered about the first 4 ingredients on the list:
Native Americans used the leaves from the Yerba Santa plant to create an infusion which was used as a wash to ease fever, and the mashed leaves were applied as a poultice to treat sores. Read more: http://www.fitnessforworld.com/supplement/yerba_santa.htm
Blue Vervain is a medicinal plant found in the U.S., Canada and the UK. The extract from the plant can help reduce muscle inflammation, muscular spasms and cramps. Read more: Uses of Vervain Tincture | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_7416496_uses-vervain-tincture.html#ixzz1sn9NEbdi
Arnica has been used for years as a plant based pain reliever. It is believed that arnica helps increase circulation and helps reduce both pain and swelling from minor injuries. Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/244766-what-are-the-benefits-of-arnica/#ixzz1sn1w6e8o
For many years, the marshmallow root has been used to soften and heal. It contains a substance that gives the root an ability to soothe irritated tissue. Read more: http://www.chinese-herbs.org/marshmallow-root
I also discovered that this extra strength sport cream has since been improved. From the ingredient list, you can tell it’s all natural. It used to contain parabens and other synthetic ingredients. The company has since revised the formulation and I’m glad about that.
If you are new to exercising or just about to rev up the intensity of your fitness routine, using a sports cream is a must. It will help you to want to keep working out, even when you’re in pain.
If you want to try this sports cream from Pure Herbs, visit http://pureherbs.com for more information. Then you can contact my friend Becky at becky (at) americanrenovations (dot) com to get it. She is the best person – helpful and encouraging! Tell her I referred you.
Do you use a sports cream or other ointment to help you recover from intense workouts? If so, check out your ingredient list. Do they contain any of these ingredients?