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Body news: Chill out!
Thinking about skipping your post-workout cool-down so that you can catch the latest episode of
Gossip Girl? Think again. According to a recent study by the Academy of Physical Education in Poland, the best way to avoid injury and fatigue after a vigorous exercise session is with light, active movements with minimal resistance. “Any slow movements that are similar to what you did for cardio will work,” says Amanda Vogel, a certified fitness instructor based in Vancouver. “For example, after cycling, set the bike to a lighter resistance and pedal slowly, or do gentle walking after a run.”
Derived from natural botanical ingredients, J.R. Watkins Apothecary’s peppermint line is the ticket for post-gym pampering. Aromatic peppermint oil in the foot scrub stimulates circulation, while pumice extract exfoliates; the foot cream also contains aloe vera to soothe tired feet.
Ready to exhale? Zone out in comfort on a pranayama (breathing) pillow, which supports the spine and allows the chest to expand to make breathing easier. Placed under your knees, the cotton-stuffed bolster can also soothe your lower back when you’re in savasana (final relaxation pose).
Pranayama pillows ($39.95 each, Hugger Mugger).
When your body temperature cools down, throw on a light layer that looks as stylish in the gym as it does on your commute home. Made from breathable, form-fitting polyester, Puma’s halfzip top has shirred details to flatter the female form, while its track jacket is durable enough to withstand a bout of windy weather.
Long-sleeve half-zip top and track jacket ($50 and $65, Puma)