Splurge Of The Week

Inspirations

This Week : Body

October 16, 2005

FEELING GOOD, LOOKING BETTER

If you're going to kill yourself working out, you might as well splurge a little and look good doing it. Sugoi's line of athletic wear offers the performance qualities fitness buffs want, but the clothes also have more style than many other brands. The Allegra Slim Tank has a Japanese watercolor design that's integrated into the fabric so it doesn't fade, and the top is dry wick and breathable.

Available at Sports Her Way, Shops at Kenilworth, Towson.

RETAIL PRICE: $45

STEAL OF THE WEEK

SOOTHE YOUR LIPS 3 DIFFERENT WAYS

At first it doesn't seem like a steal: a 5-ounce tube of old-fashioned lip balm for $7.50. But C.O. Bigelow's Mentha Lip Shine is three products in one: a lip balm, lip gloss and breath freshener containing peppermint oil. Don't need lip gloss or breath freshener? The unisex My Favorite Lip Balm with shea butter and sweet almond oil ($5.50) does a great job of soothing chapped lips.

Available at Bath and Body Works, area locations

RETAIL PRICE: $7.50

BY THE BOOK

RELAXING WAY TO RELIEVE BACK PAIN

Try this to relax the muscles of your hips, upper and lower back, neck and shoulders.

90-90 Neutral Back

Lie on your back with your legs draped over a chair or an ottoman. The height of the chair should allow your knees and hips to be bent to 90 degrees. Allow your arms to lie out to your sides on the floor, with the palms facing the ceiling. The arms should be placed about shoulder level. Relax in this position [3 to 10 minutes] and allow the back muscles to relax.

From The Pain-Free Program: A Proven Method to Relieve Back, Neck, Shoulder, and Joint Pain, by Anthony B. Carey

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