By Chelsy Offutt
We all know how important post-workout recovery is, but there are so many supplements and tools on the market, it can be overwhelming. Some recommended post-sweat-session items can also be pretty pricey. We’ve rounded up the top 10 affordable recovery tools to treat yourself after those deadlifts.
1. TENS Machine
A TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine is a small battery-operated device that uses low voltage electrical currents to relieve back pain. The impulses that travel create a tingling feeling, often providing immediate pain relief. Take caution, though! The device is not recommended for those with a pacemaker or ladies in the first few weeks of their pregnancy.
2. Ice Muscle Fitness Roller
This gel core ice roller is perfect for pre- or post-workout use. Pop it into the freezer for a few hours and it’ll stay cold for up to six hours of use. The cold will speed up your recovery process and it’s small enough to easily throw in your gym bag.
3. BioFreeze Cream
This tried and true cream has been one of the top pain relief creams for decades. Free of parabens and dyes, this magic can be used for backaches, sore joints, and even those suffering from arthritis.
4. Muscle Roller Massage Stick
Meet the athlete’s magic wand. With regular use, this baby can improve circulation and reduce the risk of injury. The waterproof stick is perfect for calves, quads, hamstrings, and glutes.
5. Epsom Salt Soak
Epsom salt is the cure for many ailments, including workout recovery. While Dr. Teal’s is one of the most popular, Amazon’s brand comes at a much smaller price tag. Drop the recommended amount in a hot bath and enjoy.
6. Strong Foam Roller
This roller not only helps with pain and soreness, but consistent use can increase performance and flexibility. The grid mimics the feel of a massage therapist’s hands.
7. Acupressure Mat
Unlike other mats, this one comes with a pillow to fit your entire back. The placement of the faux “needles” helps relieve pain and stress. Use for 10-30 minutes prior to bed for better rest.
8. Rest & Recovery Drink Tablets
Throwback this recovery tablet chock-full of potassium and magnesium. The tablets can be used for physical and mental relaxation and can be dropped in hot or cold water. The tablet has non-GMO ingredients.
9. FitAid Recovery Drink
This Keto-friendly recovery drink contains zero sugar and is sweetened with stevia and monk fruit. Drink immediately after your workout for the best results.
10. Muscle Rehab Bath Bombs
Recommended by trainers and physicians, these natural bath bombs are handmade in small batches to target lactic acid buildup. Let one fizzle in your bath for a soothing soak.
Recovery is an important part of the working-out process, but not everyone requires the same tools for healing. Some athetes may prefer getting in a bath after a tough WOD, while others may just need a post-workout beverage to take on their way home. If you're not sure where to start, pick something that speaks to you and give it a try! One of the above recovery options is sure to help your body bounce right back - just in time to get sore again at your next workout.
What at-home recovery tools do you use?
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