Muscle Recovery Methods

The recent surge (and we mean surge) in cupping-related articles got us thinking: what are some of the best resources to increase and improve muscle recovery? What can we do to stimulate recovery and alleviate pain besides taking anti-inflammatories and icing/heating a sore spot? Below are some suggestions...
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Beat the Heat: Meals and Workout Tips from the Pros

In the seemingly-never-ending heat wave that is summer 2016, we thought we’d try to figure out the best ways to beat the heat, so to speak. While summer is a magical season full of vacations and holidays, it’s also full of, let’s face it, a lot of sweltering temperatures and sweat.
Especially for us east-coasters. Trust us, we know from experience that one of the first things to get interrupted by summer heat is our diet and workout routine. So, we consulted with experts to see what you should be eating, drinking and doing to stay cool and healthy during the summer months. Read More

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Jodelle Fitzwater: 100 Nights on a Bear Mattress

Bear Mattress Brand Ambassador Jodelle Fitzwater knows what it means to push her body to its limits. As an ASCM certified personal trainer, E-RYT 200 yoga instructor, certified nutrition coach and food psychology coach. When we first began speaking with Jodelle, she was very skeptical of our claims that the Bear Mattress would help her recover faster and sleep sounder. We told her what we tell all our customers -- try it out for 100 nights and if you don’t like it, or if you simply don’t see any improvements, send it back! What follows is a painstaking delve into Jodelle’s fitness routine (yes, it’s intense… paddle boarding, tabata, HIIT workouts, running and taking care of a small child) over 100 days. Did the Bear Mattress live up to her expectations? Spoiler alert: it surpassed them… big time. Follow along with Jodelle over her 100 days of workouts, travel and even some broken air conditioning to see how the Bear Mattress changed both her sleeping and waking life!
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Health Guide: Denver

Denver is on the up and up.
Seriously on the up and up. Colorado’s population jumped by over 100 thousand people in 2015, which is the biggest surge since the tech boom of the late-90s. Despite slowing job growth, increasing oil and gas prices and a nearly impossible-to-navigate housing market, Denver is the place to be. And it’s easy to see why: Denver has every major sports team; the stargazing is out of this world (yes, pun intended, sorry); the year round outdoor recreation options are bountiful; and there is. no. humidity. As New Yorkers in July, that fact makes us want to pick up and move right now. Maybe we will…

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90s Workout Playlist

Sometimes you just have to jog to Semi-Charmed Life… it’s just the way the world works. It’s basically a known fact that 90s pop and alt rock are the best tunes to get you hype. Seriously. Thanks to bubblegum pop from the likes of the Spice Girls, Ricky Martin and Hanson, it seems like the popular 90s music was made to get us on our feet.


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Health Guide: Seattle

Seattle: the unofficial home of cool… at least we think so. We hate to admit this, but as New Yorkers, we’re jealous of people who have easy access to the outdoors while also getting to live in a bustling metropolis. And with the best coffee in the U.S., a thriving farm-to-table restaurant scene and some of the most amazing hiking in the country, Seattle is a pretty great city to be a health nut in.

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Made in the U.S.A.

Apple pie, white picket fences and the prospect of having it all -- every Independence Day, we’re reminded what the American Dream means, both historically and for us as individuals.

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Health Guide: NYC

We're introducing a new series here on the Bear Mattress blog. We know making time for mental and physical health isn't the easiest thing to do, especially in large cities that present endless options for unhealthy behavior. Our goal is to present you with Health & Wellness guides for major cities across the U.S., and provide some guidance and inspiration for maintaining a healthy, active life.

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Why You Really Should Eat Breakfast (Plus The Best Breakfast Recipe Ever)

How many times in your life have you been told that you need to eat breakfast? Pretty much once a week for your entire life, right? That’s because breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, especially as an athlete or an active person. We've compiled a list of the best foods to eat in the AM, and a recipe for the healthiest, most delicious breakfast cookies ever. 

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