When do you need cross-training shoes?

Running shoes are designed to provide stability for forward motion, while cross-trainers offer support and stability for lateral movements. If you do strength-training or aerobics, cross-trainers are a must. They offer better ankle protection than a running shoe, provide a more stable platform for your feet, and are less likely to roll over under the stress of free weights or quick starts, twists and jumps.

Fall asleep faster
Next time you toss and turn while you worry about tomorrow's race, turn on the air conditioner and wear socks to bed. A recent study done in Switzerland found that warm feet increases the amount of heat lost through your hands and feet, which instantly makes you sleepy. A cool room magnifies this effect. You can also increase your chances of getting a good night's sleep by taking a warm bath before bed and laying a hot water bottle by your feet.

Washing down that sports bar
You need to drink at least 8 ounces of water or other non-alcoholic fluid with a sports bar, particularly during and after exercise when your body also needs to be rehydrated.

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