5 Hacks For A Healthier Week — Mar 29 2015

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh.
You might be one cold shower away from a faster workout recovery: Self’s tips explain that a cold rinse after a fitness session can “reduce inflammation of the muscles.” And, if you're feeling more adventurous, try an ice bath; it could “reduce muscle soreness by 20%.” 

Before you mock those "barefoot" running shoes again, take note: They might actually be the perfect running tool for beginners. A small study showed that participants who ran in the barefoot style favored a more natural, forefoot-strike running pattern. So go forth, strange monkey shoes. It’s finally your time to shine.

Trying out new fitness studios and classes can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Shape’s tips for "proper sweatiquette" will get you through online-booking services like ClassPass seamlessly. 

This flow chart offers quick tips on how to soothe stomach distress — from acid reflux to constipation. Remember that antacids work great for indigestion; they start working in just 10 minutes and can offer relief for up to an hour. 

Happiness is certainly a good emotion to feel, but conscientiousness might be the healthiest emotion of them all. Perhaps Pharrell’s next hit will be called "Conscientious."
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