Plastic studs in these FDA-approved washable bands gently press a key pressure point, which can alleviate nausea or seasickness within ten minutes. Each pair of bands comes with an illustration for proper placement. To buy: $10, sea-band.com.
Breathe Right Nasal Strips
Thin adhesive strips containing tiny, flexible springs gently lift the inner part of a snorer's nose, slightly widening the passages to allow more air through. (You can slap one on your husband, too.) To buy: $5.50 for 12 strips at drugstores.
Nexcare Waterproof Clear Protection Bandages
These skinlike bandages have a 360-degree clear seal around the pad to prevent dirt and water from seeping in. And they won't slip off mobile body parts, like knees and elbows. To buy: $3.60 for 20 bandages at drugstores.
Soothies Gel Pads
Nursing moms swear by these reusable gel pads for easing sore nipples. They can be chilled in the refrigerator, won't irritate skin, and can absorb two times their weight, in case of milk leakage. To buy: $12 a pair, lansinoh.com for stores.
Timex Ironman iControl
No more fumbling with your iPod while exercising. This watch comes with a tiny transmitter that attaches to the bottom of an iPod, so your watch buttons control the music while your iPod stays tucked away. To buy: $43 to $137, amazon.com.
2 of 4Kana Okada
Brushing, Flossing, and Healing
Shown from left to right:
Philips Sonicare Flexcare Toothbrush
This updated version has a one-minute quick-clean feature for between meals, as well as a full three-minute cycle. (A beeping timer reminds you to brush all areas equally.) The UV sanitizer kills up to 99 percent of bacteria on the brush. To buy: $116, amazon.com.
Braun Thermoscan Exac Temp Ear Thermometer
This thermometer gives an accurate readout in seconds―no waiting with a hard-to-read thermometer under the tongue―making it ideal for everyone, including antsy toddlers. To buy: $44.50, amazon.com.
Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews
Each chewable square has 500 milligrams of calcium, as well as supplemental vitamins D and K, which can help increase bone density dramatically and thus help stave off osteoporosis. And the five flavors actually taste good. To buy: $9 at drugstores.
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
It's been around for more than 50 years, but this thick ointment is still the dermatologist's secret weapon for keeping small cuts protected and moist (which can speed healing) and hydrating dry, cracked, or sensitive skin. To buy: $5.50 for 1.75 ounces at drugstores.
Reach Access Flosser
The long, ergonomic handle and angled neck help you floss even the hardest-to-reach areas without jamming your hand in your mouth. The disposable heads snap easily on and off and are made of break-resistant uncoated floss. To buy: $2.50 at drugstores.
3 of 4Kana Okada
Shown from left to right:
Camelbak Water Bottle
Tired of flooded gym bags? This sipping valve prevents drips, even when the bottle is upside down. Just flip the mouthpiece, bite down, and sip. The integrated handle makes it easy to carry the bottle or clip it onto a bag. To buy: $15, camelbak.com.
Here's everything you need for strength training in one package, small enough to store under a bed. Simply pull the knobs to slide on the metal plates, which increase the weight in 2½-pound increments (topping out at 12.5 pounds per dumbbell). To buy: $70, target.com.
You can't really walk around tethered to a heating pad, but these disposable self-heating wraps soothe sore muscles equally well. Sized for the neck, knees, arms, back, and belly, they last for up to eight hours and stay put with Velcro or adhesive. To buy: $7 at drugstores.
i|m Flexhold Shoelaces
No more stopping midworkout to retie shoelaces. Rubber treads woven throughout keep these laces tightly bound together, and the reflective thread offers extra nighttime visibility for outdoor exercisers. To buy: $6, studioim.com (look for Real Simple in the “as seen in” section).
Yoga is hardly soothing when sweaty palms make you fall flat on your face, but these fingerless gloves will help keep you steady. They're made of nonslip nylon and polyvinyl, with perforated holes so sweat can escape. To buy: $25, yogasyz.com.
4 of 4Kana Okada
Shown from left to right: Spri Xercise ballTo upgrade your workout, get on the ball. Keeping your body stable on a wobbly orb challenges core muscles and improves balance. This one comes in four sizes and has a sheet of eight moves you can do right away. To buy: $30 and up, spriproducts.com.
Frog Bra by Title NineFinally, a bra that truly banishes bounce. The woven stretch fabric has a whopping 32 percent Lycra (most sports bras have 20 percent or less), so once you wiggle into the Frog Bra (Title Nine's most popular model), everything stays put. To buy: $33, titlenine.com.
Nike Tempo Track ShortsUbiquitous at the gym and on the track, these shorts' curved leg openings and low-rise waist flatter every body. The lining is made of breathable microfiber, and an internal pocket holds keys or cash. In 19 colors. Sizes extra-small to extra-large. To buy: $28, nike.com.
Yogini Style Yogasmart PantsIt's genius: workout pants with built-in underwear that won't peek out or bunch up when you're in downward dog. The panties―in thong or regular―are stitched onto the waistband in five spots, so they won't budge or show panty lines. To buy: $60, yoginistyle.com.
New Balance 992Some shoe companies alter their designs every year (often changing the very thing you like), but New Balance has resisted this urge. Since 1979 this cute, cushiony shoe has taken women for a stroll, a run, or just around town in cloudlike comfort. To buy: $78, nbnorthshore.com.