PUSH PRESENTS

Best Health - - FITNESS NEWS -

Want to achieve a new per­sonal best? Here are four cool ways to reach new heights.

1 . A COACH IN YOUR EAR

Vi head­phones ($250) use ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to help you meet new goals — whether it’s mov­ing faster or los­ing weight. Tips and words of en­cour­age­ment keep you on track, and heart-rate-sens­ing ear­pieces tell you how your body is re­spond­ing.

2 . MIND OVER MAT­TER

If you need a lit­tle mo­ti­va­tion, con­sider that ex­haus­tion is all a state of mind. In Alex Hutchin­son’s new book En­dure (Wil­liam Mor­row, $35), he ex­plores whether the lim­its of hu­man en­durance are men­tal or phys­i­cal — us­ing sto­ries of elite ath­letes and ex­plor­ers who pushed their bod­ies to the edge.

3 . FUEL FOR YOUR PAIN

Prop­erly fu­elling your work­out with wa­ter and carbs is key, but you can also add a spe­cial in­gre­di­ent to help you push through: cof­fee. Hav­ing caf­feine about an hour be­fore ex­er­cise has been shown to re­duce pain felt dur­ing ex­er­cise.

4. TUN­ING INTO YOUR FEEL­INGS

Prac­tic­ing mind­ful­ness can help you no­tice breath­ing, pace, and even pain. Then, rather than just re­spond­ing to those cues (for in­stance, by tak­ing a break), mind­ful­ness al­lows you to ex­plore them and de­velop new as­so­ci­a­tions that make you want to keep go­ing.

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