While it’s important to exercise consistently for overall health, it’s equally as important to allow muscles to recover in between workouts to avoid injury. According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work and the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office— and most cases aren’t caused by serious conditions like arthritis, infection, or fracture. Rest, repair, and rejuvenate with Gaiam’s new line of Restore products; each is designed to self-treat stiffness, soreness, and tension. Below are our three favorite picks—but you can find the full collection at gaiam.com.
THE ULTIMATE BACK RELIEVER stretches the spine to help relieve pain, improve flexibility, and enhance proper alignment while stimulating the surrounding muscles. THE NECK RELAXER gently cradles the head and neck at the base of the skull to help reduce stress, release tension, and soothe pain in the neck, back, shoulders, and jaw. THE ADJUSTABLE MASSAGE ROLLER targets pressure points, increases circulation, and alleviates sore muscles using 12 customizable massagers that can be arranged concave or convex depending on area and type of pain.
THE PERCENTAGE THAT TREADMILL RUNNERS’ ENDURANCE INCREASED WHEN THEY MATCHED
THEIR PACE TO THE BEAT OF THEIR MUSIC,
COMPARED WITH THOSE WHO EXERCISED
IN SILENCE. SOURCE: JOURNAL OF SPORT AND EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY This homemade pudding is a great post-workout breakfast or snack—it’s packed with protein, omega-3s, and immuneboosting sweetness.
Combine 1 cup unsweetened almond milk with ¼ cup chia seeds. Add a splash of vanilla extract and a small scoop of local honey and stir until combined. Refrigerate for about 8 hours or overnight—until the chia expands. When ready to eat, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons of Pure PB from Crazy Richard’s—this powdered peanut butter will take your pudding from good to great with 90 percent less fat and 70 percent fewer calories than traditional peanut butter. You can add a touch more of local honey if you’d like, too! // Visit crazyrichards.com for more delicious, nutritious peanut products. Turns out certain visual cues—i.e., what we watch and read—can influence the length of time we exercise. One study discovered that those who looked at happy faces and read action words (compared with sad faces and inaction words) not only exercised longer, but also reduced their perception of effort. This suggests that the duration of a workout may be determined by perceived effort rather than actual muscle fatigue. Source: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience FDA approved, as accurate as your doctor’s test without the cost and