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Natural Solutions - - Healthmatters Fitness -

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

in­con­ve­nience!

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