12 Products for Better Post-Workout Recovery
Banish next-day soreness with these body-friendly tools
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Feeling sore after a hard workout is common even for the most experienced athletes. It’s a love-hate feeling that lets us know our muscles are growing stronger, even if that means we’re destined to confront wobbly legs and intense pain. But what we fail to consider is how we can help our body recover from all the pain we’ve put it through. After all, research suggests recovery is the single most important part of any exercise program, so you might as well invest in tools to help you recover properly.
Countless products claim to help you recover from exercise, but the process isn’t so black and white. Some methods, like lying on the floor with your dog, are pointless. Others, like rolling and stretching, are essential. To help you find the tools that work, we’ve rounded up the best recovery products that are sure to revitalize your body. From time-tested muscle massagers to colorful compression socks, take a flyer on these picks to replenish your energy stores and repair damaged tissues.
Hyperice Vyper 2 Vibrating Foam Roller
Foam rollers are a tried-and-tested recovery tool, but the Hyperice Vyper 2 packs tech into the traditional design. Its three speeds of high-intensity vibrations support workout recovery by promoting blood flow, which coincidentally makes it perfect for warmups as well. Unlike a standard foam roller, this one has smooth and textured surfaces for a wider range of recovery options, and its travel-friendly so you can haul it anywhere.
lululemon Back to Life Sport Bottle 32oz
They say the most important element of workout recovery isn’t rollers, massages or stretching — it’s hydration. That’s because water flushes toxins from your body, transports nutrients to cells and helps ease debilitating soreness. lululemon’s insulated Back to Life Sport Bottle embraces every feature we need to stay on top of hydration. The leak-proof lid pairs with a textured metal surface, and the four different colorways look good even if your body feels like a delicate puddle.
Sockwell Speedway Firm Compression Socks
Finding time to incorporate recovery into your busy schedule isn’t easy, but it’s made possible with Sockwell’s Speedway Compression Socks. Designed to promote blood flow and reduce discomfort after exercise, these knee-high socks deliver four zones of graduated compression from the Achilles to the upper calf. The blend of wool, nylon and elastane offers wicking, durability and shape retention, making them a suitable choice wash after wash.
Hoka One One Ora Recovery Slides
Your tired feet deserve some TLC courtesy of Hoka One One’s Ora Recovery Slides. The oversized EVA midsole offers immediate comfort and relief, while rockers redistribute plantar pressure and supply a smooth ride. Much like traditional sandals, an open-toe design boosts airflow to improve comfort, and slightly grooved soles maintain optimal traction underfoot from the locker room to the home.
Tiger Tail USA Tiger Ball Massager
The foam roller is purpose-built for major muscle groups, but it needs some help when the time comes to work out your body’s hard-to-reach areas. Deploy the Tiger Ball Massager by pressing the baseball-size silicone ball against your body and leaning into a hard surface. Adjusting the ball’s position with the corded 55-inch rope allows you to hit every unwanted knot so you’re ready to get after it feeling loose and refreshed.
Trigger Point Performance STK Contour Massager
Applying consistent and fine-tuned pressure is key when ridding your muscles of lactic acid buildup. Such a task isn’t always possible with a bulky foam roller, which only applies pressure to areas with dense muscle tissue. That’s why the STK Contour from Trigger Point Performance is the perfect solution. Its foam wheels spin individually to create a contoured profile that curves around calves, quads and other smaller muscle groups.
Hyperice Hypervolt GO Massager
The percussive head of Hyperice’s Hypervolt GO Massager works large muscles groups to loosen tissue, promote blood flow and temporarily ease unwanted pain. Its three speed settings pair with interchangeable head attachments to deliver specific relief where your body needs it most. Weighing 30 percent less than the Hyperice Hypervolt, it’s also incredibly portable whether you’re packing it in your gym bag or your carry-on for two to three hours of relief on a single charge.
Hammer Nutrition Recoverite Drink Mix
If you’re going to build muscle and facilitate recovery, then you’ll need to embrace proper nutrition that’s designed to help you get there. Featuring the optimal 3:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein, Hammer Nutrition’s Recoverite Drink Mix replenishes essential mineral levels and stimulates your immune response to facilitate healing. Mix the chocolate or strawberry flavors with water immediately after working out for the best results.
TRX Strength Band
Though we often incorporate strength bands into our workouts, the stretchy bands can also be used to lengthen major muscle groups of the back, core and legs. This yellow band from TRX offers light resistance from 25 to 50 pounds, making it easy to extend while providing slight resistance. Doing so not only promotes flexibility and strength, but reduces the likelihood of injury, too.
Trigger Point AcuCurve Cane Massager
Target the muscles of your back that are prone to injury with the Trigger Point Performance AcuCurve Cane. Made from durable ABS plastic and EVA foam, it features an extra-firm drop tip to apply controlled pressure, as well as a double massage ball at the base to release tight muscles surrounding your spine. Stow the 16.5-inch-long cane in your commuter bag or carry-on to relieve sore muscles on the go.
lululemon At Ease Hoodie
Workout recovery is all about finding comfort, and the At East Hoodie helps us do just that. Its adaptable fabric moves with your body through every stretching session and breathes to keep you cool. lululemon hooked up this classic hoodie with zippered pockets to store essentials, as well as underarm gussets for greater mobility, ensuring you’ll wear it after every workout.
Pro-Tec Athletics Spiky Ball Massage Ball
Pick up the Spiky Ball Massage Ball from Pro-Tec Athletics when nobody else will massage your feet. Perfect for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, the spiky outer layer creates a stimulating effect to increase circulation while the stiff rubber penetrates deeper tissue to provide relief. Keep it away from your dog unless you want it to become a toy.
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