BODY

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body of proof Mov­ing as slowly as a Walk­ing Dead zom­bie the day af­ter CrossFit is (mostly) a good thing. Those achy limbs—known as “de­layedon­set mus­cle sore­ness”—are the body “adapt­ing to a new type or in­ten­sity of ex­er­cise, which can lead to gains in strength, pro­vided you al­low time to heal,” says Scott Allen, a phys­io­ther­a­pist at Cleve­land Clinic Canada in Toronto. Sleep and proper nu­tri­tion are the best ways to re­cover, but if your whin­ing about your aches is get­ting on friends’ nerves, “many peo­ple feel that tak­ing ibupro­fen and us­ing top­i­cal creams, mas­sage or heat cre­ate some re­lief in the soft tis­sue,” says Allen. Saje Mus­cle Melt Com­fort­ing Mango & Shea Body But­ter ($19.95, saje.ca) con­tains sooth­ing eu­ca­lyp­tus; Mer­rithew Large and Small Mas­sage Ball 2-Pack ($18, mer­rithew.com) stim­u­lates cir­cu­la­tion; and Ori­gins Warm Down Warm­ing Lava Scrub ($45.69, ori­gins.com) heats up on skin.

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