Sore Muscles from Exercise? Here's What Helps—And What Doesn't

After intense exercise, it's tempting to reduce muscle pain by whatever means necessary to stay on a training regimen or routine. But common pain-relieving practices like taking ibuprofen or using ice may not be best post-workout. Instead, research shows that supplements like fish oil, collagen, and curcumin, along with active recovery methods, are more efficacious in alleviating muscle tenderness. Here’s how. 

Is Melatonin Safe? All About the Popular Sleep Supplement

Melatonin is naturally produced in the brain as a part of our sleep/wake cycle. And in recent years, researchers have realized that melatonin in supplement form has similar effects. But are melatonin supplements safe? What is the most effective and safe form to take? In general, melatonin is quite safe, though experts recommend being conservative with the dosage and the number of nights in a row that you use it. Here's a breakdown of common questions about melatonin supplements.

How Underfueling Impacts Performance—And How to Prevent It

It’s no secret that many athletes or active individuals feel pressure to look a certain way or hit a specific number on the scale. But this mindset can often lead to overtraining or underfueling, both of which are harmful to an individual's mental and physical health. And though the occasional skipped snack or gel won't substantially affect long-term physical health, consistent underfueling, particularly during bouts of intense training, can impact performance, recovery, and overall health in ...

What the Science Says About the Effects of Saunas and Cryotherapy

Performance athletes are always looking for the next best thing to boost recovery and edge out the competition. But sometimes, therapies with ancient roots prove to be tried and true. Two such therapies—sauna bathing and cryotherapy—have become increasingly popular in the modern age for athletes and the everyday man alike. But while there's lots of research about the effects of temp therapy on health, some evidence still remains hot and cold.

Feeling Sick? These Symptoms Mean You Should Skip Your Workout Today

We've all weighed the costs and benefits of working out when sick: "My throat hurts, so I'll stick to weights and avoid heavy breathing." Or, "maybe a good sweat will break this fever." Often times, it just boils down to, "yeah I feel like crap, but I have a plan I have to stick to." So we compromise and try to push through our workouts, even though we’re suffering (more than normal, that is). After all, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? Well, while forcing a workout when you’re ...

Why You Need to Be a Better Sleep Architect

  Sleep is the most active “inactive” part of your life.  Although your muscles are relaxed and still (sleep walkers excluded!), the rest of your body is working hard to rebuild your foundation for the next day. And doing so correctly requires a certain architecture. Sleep architecture refers to the three primary phases of sleep essential for this process; here's how they come together to build you a strong tomorrow.
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