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We share our boxing tips to help shed the pounds and test the best bath salts to help relax those aching muscles

BOXING is ringing the changes when it comes to keeping fit – with 40 per cent of boxing gyms now having classes for women.
It is great for heart health and as a fat burner as it gets rid of up to 500 calories in an hour. Check out our top boxing tips, plus we test bath salts – ideal for a relaxing soak after pummelling the punch bag.
Keep yourself feeling fit and fabulous this October with our tips and high street picksGetty – Contributor
Health
(With Jane Atkinson)
Gloves
These Lonsdale Pro Training Gloves are perfect for punching heavy training bags
Lonsdale Pro Training Gloves have layers of foam padding – perfect for heavy bag training.
Leather is best to prevent sweaty hands but these gloves are a great starter option with core ventilation mesh panels so your mitts can breathe a bit.
They come in four sizes and I love the fact they are pink too (£14.99, sportsdirect.com).
Weights
Increase the intensity at a boxing class with these weighted gloves
If you want to increase the intensity at a boxing class, these weighted gloves are brilliant.
The 1.5lb set help build stamina and punching capacity. The more weight you use, the faster you sculpt your upper body.
Many weighted gloves are heavier than this blue Beachbody pair – a great beginners’ set (£19.95, beachbody.com).
Classes
There are tons of boxing classes you can try for free with cool names like Bitch boxing and Punch
Clubs and studios offer boxing classes across the country with names such as Bitch Boxing and Punch.
A great way to try it out is with a free class.
DW Fitness First offer high intensity Sparr boxing classes – a 30 or 45-minute workout incorporating boxing speed, power, agility, reaction and rounds.
For a free three-day club pass see, dwfitnessfirst.com.

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Absolute Aromas Relaxation Himalayan Bath Salt (£4.75, 290g, absolute-aromas.com)
Pure Himalayan bath salts infused with a blend of 17 essential oils to relax the mind and body.
This Absolute Aromas Relaxation Himalayan Bath Salt can be bought at a great price
Bergamot, lavender, patchouli and lime are just some of the oils included to ensure total relaxation.
The scent is reminiscent of a spa and highly calming. I can’t fault these bath salts, especially at such a great price.
Mid
Aromatic Bath Salts, (£15.50, 350g, (nealsyardremedies.com)
A mineral-rich, purifying sea salt blend which includes organic marjoram, lavender and geranium essential oils.
Aromatic Bath Salts have a very strong oil scent which relieve muscles and prepare you for a great nights sleep
These have an overly strong, albeit soothing aromatherapy oil scent.
I worried the smell would be overpowering, but once in the bath it is just right.
Relieved aching muscles and left a lovely scent on the skin. Great before bed to help you drift off.
Luxury
Living Sea Therapy Bath Salts, (£18 for 400g, livingseatherapy.co.uk)
Contains hand-harvested soft, flaked Cornish sea salt crystals to nourish, soften and hydrate the skin.
Living Sea Therapy Bath Salts are a little more pricey but ease you in to a state of relaxation
Infused with pure essential oils sage, chamomile and lavender as well as more than 60 minerals. Claims to remove toxins, replenish the skin and balance the mind.
These salts didn’t have as intense a fragrance as the others but I still found them soothing and they really do ease you in to a state of relaxation.


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