January 4, 2010
There are some things you can live with, and some things you can live without. Would you agree?
Take for example, this new BiteTech mouthpiece by Under Armour. This performance mouthwear, which I demonstrate in the video, is based on the idea that Ancient Greek athletes bit down on leather straps for an edge during competition and Viking and Roman warriors clamped down on leather bits for focus on the battlefield.
Preventing the teeth from clenching together and dropping the jaw down and forward, supposedly relieves pressure on the jaw joint and changes the signal to a part of your brain called the hypothalamus, thus preventing the excessive production of hormones including cortisol.
Does it work?
If it does work, a fitness mouthpiece might be a valuable addition to your tool of arsenals. Could you live without it? Perhaps.
But let me ask you this: what gear, tool, or special item do you use for fitness or health that you simply couldn't live without?
Is it your tennis shoes? Your gym membership? Your bicycle? Your workout journal? A picture of you when you were perhaps unfit? Or maybe a picture of you very fit?
Either way, I'd love to see your comments. Leave them on this post – it's free, and it's a fun conversation to have. I'd love to see what you have to say. Go ahead: what gear, tool, or special item do you use for fitness or health that you simply couldn't live without?