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The Foam Roller You’ll Want to Use Tonight

Written on July 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm , by

Ah, lactic acid. There’s nothing quite like being so sore that just walking to yoga class is its own challenge (let alone actually working through the class). But if there happen to be foam rollers lying around the studio—or any gym, for that matter—that’s a big score for your bod. You can use ‘em to roll out your tight spots post-workout (learn more about how to roll each muscle group here), and these days you can toss ‘em in your suitcase so you’re set for even the busiest of travel days. They’re not the most comfortable tool to use, but we’re firm believers of the “hurt so good” motto when it comes to this device.

To help us fit gals up our performance and prevent injury, a company called Hyperice created a new roller that will take muscle recovery to the next level. The Vyper vibrates at three different speeds while in use to help you dig deeper where you need it, and comes with rechargeable batteries—basically, it’s a spa session for your muscles. And because some really incredible pro athletes are driving the Kickstarter campaign to get this thing in stores—Blake Griffin, Adrian Peterson, Lindsey Vonn and Troy Polamalu—we know it’s going to be good.

All you have to do is contribute $199 to the Kickstarter to get your hands on one of these bad boys in early November. Otherwise, wait until later that month when they roll out online and in Dick’s Sporting Goods stores, among other to-be-determined retailers. If you don’t want one for yourself (but come on, we know you do), we highly recommend scoping one out as a holiday gift for your favorite runner friends.

Image courtesy of Hyperice

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Stalled Weight Loss? Sore Muscles? Joy Bauer Has Three Fast Fixes

Written on October 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm , by

The healthy fats in salmon help soothe achy muscles. (Photo by Peter Ardito)

In her latest book, Today Show contributor Joy Bauer, R.D., explains that if you make the right diet choices, you can boost your mood, improve your memory and even see healthier skin, hair and teeth (not to mention drop a few pounds)! Bauer gives you her eating prescription in Food Cures, a book that follows her motto “life is hard . . . food should be easy.”

Food Cures highlights 17 different conditions or common health complaints and offers solutions or suggestions based on cutting-edge science to eat your way to your goals. We asked Bauer to share three tips to try today for two areas our readers often ask for help with: easing exercise-induced muscle soreness and busting through a weight-loss plateau.

If you experience post-workout aches and pains…

  1. Eat salmon twice a week. “The omega-3s are potent anti-inflammatories. I like canned if I’m in a hurry or hoisin-glazed,” Bauer says.
  2. Eat one red bell pepper a day. Surprise! Red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as oranges. The vitamin can ease body aches.
  3. Add a few slices of fresh ginger to hot water. “Ginger has the same compounds in it as many anti-inflammatory medications,” Bauer says.

If your weight loss efforts have slowed…

  1. Spice up your meals. Add hot sauce, jalapenos or other spicy components to your dishes, as they “suppress appetite and rev metabolism,” according to Bauer.
  2. Drink two glasses of water before meals. It will help you feel less hungry by the time you begin to eat.
  3. Start dinner with vegetables. Whether it’s salad, a vegetable-packed soup or a handful of carrots or cucumber slices, these bites will fill you up without many calories.

Looking for a bit more guidance? Try this simple sample meal plan from Food Cures, which Bauer recommends for those trying to lose a few pounds. Bonus: It contains a few of the foods she also recommends for achy muscles.

Click below for the 1,500-calorie multitasking menu.

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