This past weekend, I came down with a cold. For the past three days, I’ve been wiping my nose nonstop, nursing a woozy head, and experiencing toe-shaking sneezes.
This week’s Grommet Gallery of hacks happen to contain six better hacks for health. It appears to be quite timely since I’ve been noticing (and trying to avoid) an alarming number of coughing and sneezing commuters on the train. But alas, I must have hugged one too many sick friends.
To help you build better overall health, here are six hacks that will work from the inside out -- or in this roundup, from the outside in. Remember, prevention is better than cure!
For strengthening your body.
Yoga by Numbers ($119.95) -- Beginners to yoga, fear not. This yoga mat guides you with numbers and provides guidance through DVD instruction at your own pace to build up strength and flexibility. Be good to your body, and you’ll still be moving around like a spring chicken.
Vew-Do: Pickle Nub Balance Board ($99.95) -- You don’t have to be a snowboarder to build better balance and core strength. This balance board has two egg-like “nubs” and one hull-shaped “hub” affixed to the underside that allow the user to manipulate the board from one contact point to another.
For giving yourself an extra hand.
PTFit: Finnhook ($49.95) -- If your workout’s left you in a knot, massage it yourself with this hook-shaped tool. Made from birch plywood, it may be used on a sore neck or shoulders and muscle fatigue from exercise.
Ice Cold Towels ($29.95) -- After a rigorous workout (or even strength and strength-building exercises with Yoga by Numbers and balance and core-building exercises with a Vew-Do board), cool off with an Ice Cold Towel, a reusable and absorbent towel whose cooling effects require no refrigeration and only require water to activate.
For everyday goodness.
The Squatty Potty (Starting at $34.95) -- Often, natural is the best way to go. For an easier time in the bathroom, this 100% natural bamboo toilet stool elevates the feet and gets you in a squat position for cleaner and easier bowel movements, promoting colon health.
Zing Anything: Aqua Zinger ($25.99) -- Finally, this may be my favorite Grommet. I’ve been doing a lot of reading on the web, and fruit-infused water seems to be an easy and delicious way for a zap of health benefits. Start by adding fresh fruits, veggies and herbs to the compartment in the base of the Aqua Zinger, then twist the bottom cap to pulverize the ingredients, and shake a few times to mix the juice and water.
Looking for the next great products that’ll make your life easier? You may find them at The Grommet’s 2014 Product Pitch. Check out the finalists and mark your calendars for the 3/20 Boston.com livestream of this event!
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Caroline hails from a tiny tropical island originally, but calls Boston home. A curious bird, she spent a spring trekking all over Ireland, has been an Air Force Junior ROTC cadet, and worked at Disney World as a merchandising intern. With a love for all things interesting, she found herself at The Grommet, where she gets to eat, sleep, and breathe innovative undiscovered products. Say hello to her on Twitter.