Here are our editors’ picks of the best tools and products that help them recover from tough workouts.
Workout recovery tools and products are an important part of any fitness routine. They can help relieve muscle pain, boost mobility, and reduce tightness, which can help improve your athletic performance and reduce injury.
Workout recovery tools are items like massage guns, foam rollers, warming creams, and more.
But while workout recovery tools can help you cross the finish line or reach your fitness goals, it bears saying that the biggest recovery tools are rest and nutritious foods. If you’re not getting enough rest or fuel, recovery products won’t work as well.
With that in mind, here are our editors’ picks of the best tools and products that help them recover from tough workouts.
“Whether we’re relaxing or working out, our feet are our primary points of contact with the ground beneath us. So, having tight feet and ankles from wearing narrow, stiff, or sport-specific shoes can impact the way our knees, hips, and other joints feel and function.
The Toe Spacer is a great way to help loosen up the small muscles in your feet and ankles, and you can wear them while you’re hanging out at home or even while you work out. These have made a huge difference in how my feet feel on a daily basis and have helped my feet get stronger. After years of wearing basketball shoes, my feet don’t feel tired and achy anymore, and I’m able to walk, run, and train better.” — Cat Staskawicz, associate editor, Healthline
“I found out about this trigger point massage ball when I went to a restore Pilates class, which consists of a lot of foam rolling and stretching out your muscles and tender tissue. It’s really great for rolling out painful spots that require more pinpointed attention as opposed to a bigger foam roller (i.e., your feet or wrists, or even your calves or in between your shoulder blades).