This winter in the Boston area is one for the record books. We have gotten an unprecedented amount of snow in a very short time, well over five feet. And we’re expecting more snow on Thursday and another blizzard during the weekend. The trouble is there’s no room to put it. Even in a wooded area with decent size house lots, there’s still no place to put the snow. The plow guy had to give up because the snow pile took up the entire part of the driveway near the garage doors. I couldn’t get either car out. So, an enterprising high school student in the neighborhood has a snowblower, and I hired him to blow the snow in the driveway onto the 9 foot snow banks.
In spite of hiring a plow and a kid with a snowblower, I have been shoveling for hours everyday. If I don’t shovel the deck that is attached to the back of the house 10 feet above the ground, I’m afraid it’ll collapse from the weight of the snow.
Today, it took 2 hours, 4 hours two days ago, and 2 and a half hour the day before that. Yesterday, it took forever for me to shovel my 75 foot walkway because the wind pushes the snow down the hill, and in some areas of the buried walkway there was almost 5 feet of snow, which is my height. I am exhausted, but I keep telling myself that this is great exercise. Better than jogging! And it should be great arm exercise too, right? But my back is sore, and so are my leg muscles.
A couple of weeks ago, I received Zim’s Max-Freeze, Maximum Muscle and Joint Pain Relief products to try out.
When the company contacted me some time ago, I told them that we should wait till spring when I start jogging again outside, rather than downstairs on my treadmill. But a few days ago, I said to myself why am I waiting till spring to use the Max-Freeze? I need it now! All this shoveling is more demanding than jogging, and the muscles that I don’t usually use are certainly letting me know.
Hoping it would help my sore muscles, I took a bath with LUSH‘s Floating Flower bath bomb. Very fragrant, relaxing, and hydrating for my skin. I felt better, but my muscles were still aching.
So I followed up by applying Zim’s Max-Freeze. I received two bottles of Max-Freeze: a roll-on and a spray. I’ve been using the roll-on more often because it’s much easier to apply on myself – my lower back and upper thighs – than a spray. I used the spray this morning, however, on a serious cramp in my calf, and it really helped!
Zin’s Max-Freeze is quite different from other muscle relievers I’ve used in the past. Both the roll-on and spray forms are fabulous, so easy and clean to apply. I don’t have to get the muscle reliever all over my hands, thank goodness. Also, Max-Freeze doesn’t smell awful like so many of the other muscle relievers smell. Both roll-on and spray contain menthol and camphor, but the smell is not overwhelming like other muscle pain relief products I’ve tried. The scent of the spray is a little stronger initially than the roll-on, but after a couple of seconds, it becomes a powdery scent that’s much nicer and the scent disappears after a few minutes for both forms.
Rather than getting hot, Max-Freeze does just that: it gets cold, especially when first applied. I know I’ll appreciate the coldness more in the summer than right now, but the sensation is like that of applying an ice pack to sore muscles. And after a few minutes, it is less cold. But I can still feel it working for quite a while afterwards. It’s very soothing.
I have dry, sensitive skin, and I am often concerned about applying muscle relievers because they can irritate and dry out my skin even more. Not so Max-Freeze. The ingredient list reads more like a skincare product with plant-based oils: aloe, tea tree oil, vitamin E. There is some alcohol, but it doesn’t bother my skin.
Max-Freeze comes in 4 forms:
- continuous spray (4 fl. oz.)
- roll-on (3 fl. oz.)
- foot spray
and they are priced at $9.99. You can buy Max-Freeze on the ZimUSA Max-Freeze website, on Amazon or at stores like Walmart and Walgreens. Made in the US. No animal testing. Also, no parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrance, petrolatum, mineral oil, or DEA. I’ve found my new topical pain relief!
Ingredients, Max-Freeze Continuous Spray: *Natural Menthol 3.7% (Purpose: Topical Analgesic) Inactive Ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, *Arnica Montana Extract, Camphor, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, *Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Tea Tree Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Water
Ingredients: Max-Freeze Roll-On: *Natural Menthol USP 3.7% (Purpose: Topical Analgesic)
Inactive Ingredients: *Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, *Arnica Montana Extract, Camphor, Carbomer, Ethylhexylglycerin, *Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract, Isopropyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Tea Tree Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Water
Note: ingredients with * are certified organic ingredients