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One of the worst things about intense physical activity for me, especially when it is warmer out, is the way I get flushed and my face just stays red. Hours after I run my face can still be much rosier than I’d like. But if I take measures to cool down by putting something cool on my forehead, the red glow usually calms down much quicker.
Also, I’m pretty sure that most runners are familiar with the power of icing injuries or sore spots!
I was sent a device, the AMBI™, which provides instant cooling relief at the flick of a switch. Basically, it’s an electronic ice-cube! And if you want to sound really cool (or nerdy) you can say that you’re cooling your injury using the same technology that NASA used to chill the shell of the space shuttle! There’s no risk of frostbite or melty puddles.
It comes with a plug-in wall adapter but also runs off 4 AA batteries for portability.
In addition to the muscle strain/sprain relief, you can use the cooling to calm bug bites, soothe bumps to the head (Hi, I have a toddler!), cool down a hot flash, or help with migraines. Positioning it on the injury site is one way to use it, but placing it on body thermoreceptor points (back of neck, forehead, wrist) is another way to bring your body temperature back in check.
It’s a cool little device, but it’s almost startling how cold it can feel against the forehead. Honestly, it’s helped bring my temperature back in check after a hard run, but I can only hold it against me for a minute or so before I start to feel like I have an ice cream headache or something! Holding it against the wrists is more manageable though. Either way, it is impressive at how quickly it can bring the body temperature back down.
It comes with a protective sleeve, but the plug/cable don’t fit in that at all… that’s kind of weird, it seems like you should be able to keep all components together. I think the vision when it was created was for you to be able to carry it around in your bag with you, thus it would be running off batteries and you don’t need the cord.
It retails for $49.99 and can be purchased online. find AMBI™ on Twitter @My_Ambi.