Make like Macklemore and “pop some tags” at your local thrift store. You can find old hoodies, sweatpants, jeans, and more for bargain prices. Can’t make it to your local shop? Just dive into the depths of your closet for items you haven’t touched in years. Most races will collect clothes left at the start to donate to charity.
If you’re going to sport a bath robe, don’t forget the slippers …or a mug of coffee …and a paper. Maybe some curlers… I know someone who calls the space/thermal blanket “potato blanket”, like how you wrap potatoes in foil.
Here’s new tech that’ll make wearables as non-invasive as a Band-Aid. Japanese researchers have created a printable conducive ink on cloth, which means your boxer briefs or sports bra could one day track your heart rate (among other things).
Curious how this happened? There’s no metal in a t-shirt, or at least very little. The hotspots are where the ElectroMagnetic (EM) wave’s maxima is – it’s not due to microwaves heating water, or the t-shirt being folded. You can learn more about how a microwave works here.
The closest related to food was stain removal from plastic containers. The rest are polishing or cleaning related. Which makes sense – like vinegar, citrus is mildly acidic, organic and non-toxic. There’ve been studies that suggest vinegar is better than chlorine for cleaning.
There is a “low” dose of vitamin K in lemons. But lemons are not the sort of thing many are going to over-consume 😉 I don’t have details, but I suspect the vitamin K is in the zest, as with most citrus fruit.
Until recently, compression tights were sold mostly at pharmacies as well as retailers catering to older men and women. The tights and socks are snug-fitting hosiery made from tightly woven materials like cotton and nylon. They are meant to help increase circulation in the legs and minimize the swelling that can result from prolonged sedentariness.
Long a medical necessity for some pregnant women and others who are at risk for deep-vein thrombosis or blood clots, the tights are now beginning to come into vogue among stylish women who sit on uncomfortably small airplane seats during long-haul travel.
The article talks about how compression socks have come into vogue after the rest of the Mad Men fashion. Similarly, compression socks are popular in athletics now too. The article focuses on the variety available now, but not the details – there’s no talk about grade, just price. Which can be important to those of us who want both medical grade and style.
I recently started wearing compression socks at work. I work at a desk, and with my history – am higher risk than most. I got the strongest compression I could without a medical prescription. I’m not conscious of benefits like easing muscle pain and swelling, but there’s a little piece of mind that I’ve probably made a good choice. I do notice the warmth, likely due to more coverage. Though I know I should, I don’t like to stop every hour to stretch the legs when driving for long periods – compression stuff would alleviate some of the guilt.
I was thinking of wearing compression socks/tights rather than leg warmers or tights when cycling. I’ve heard from lots about problems with leg warmers falling down – either not elastic enough, poor sizing, or the material broke down. There appears to be little to no value in the “activity” recovery socks you can find in athletic/running stores beyond staying in place. But being on the cusp of medical grade compression might not be the best idea for exercise either. But the compression stuff I’ve seen seems to be thin material, which can affect how snug a shoe fits in addition to concerns about warmth. I’ll definitely be layering socks.