How to get your game face on at the gym

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Front Page -

They were last a fad some­time in the 1990s, but scrunchies are cool again, reg­u­larly adorn­ing the hair of pretty young things ev­ery­where. How did we get here? Chalk it up to athleisure, the cul­tural shift that em­braces items de­signed for both ath­letic and leisure time. Think leg­gings, which are now ap­pro­pri­ate all-day wear, luxe sneak­ers that work in cor­po­rate set­tings, and the in­creas­ingly blurred lines be­tween beauty, health and well­ness.

“For most women, tak­ing care of our bod­ies on the in­side and out­side is equally im­por­tant – we eat or­ganic, drink plenty of wa­ter and want our skin to look flaw­less even when work­ing out,” ex­plain bkr founders Kate Cut­ler and Tal Win­ter. And reg­u­lar cos­met­ics no longer cut it. “A lot of make-up in­gre­di­ents can clog pores and ir­ri­tate the skin, or melt off dur­ing a work­out,” note Cut­ler and Win­ter. Athleisure beauty prod­ucts are for­mu­lated to meet the de­mands of even the tough­est Bikram yoga class – they’re light­weight, build­able, budge- and sweat-proof, vi­ta­min-rich, of­ten con­tain clean in­gre­di­ents, and are non-come­do­genic.

Fit­ness-friendly beauty is also an ac­knowl­edge­ment that for many, work­ing out is now a so­cial ac­tiv­ity. “You meet friends at class, which may or may not be fol­lowed by brunch,” say Cut­ler and Win­ter. “And you may run into your ex or fu­ture love in­ter­est at the gym.” Fas­cia lit­er­ally holds us to­gether – the fi­brous, con­nec­tive tis­sue wraps around ev­ery mus­cle, nerve, bone and or­gan. But it can be­come weighed down with fluid, and my­ofas­cial re­lease, a type of soft­tis­sue mas­sage, aims to stretch and lengthen fas­cia to help re­lieve mus­cle dis­com­fort and re­store mo­tion. Your ther­a­pist will start by warm­ing the fas­cia us­ing long mas­sage strokes; from there, cups, nee­dles or a me­tal blade may be used. The lym­phatic ben­e­fits are anec­do­tal, with some claim­ing a re­duc­tion in the ap­pear­ance of cel­lulite. My­ofas­cial re­lease is usu­ally part of a reg­u­lar re­me­dial mas­sage, and though you won’t be able to tell which part is re­me­dial and which is my­ofas­cial, things be­come ap­par­ent when it’s over: you won’t wake up the next day with that sore-to-the-touch ten­der­ness.

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