Happy Friday! When I started running again (consistently) in 2013 – I was introduced to the wonderful topic of recovery. You mean recovery is more than a few stretches and lying in bed?! 😉 Today I am sharing five of my recovery tools and gadgets and linking up with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia. Note: These are not affiliate links – just haven’t joined the program to do so (yet).
1. Rolling Rolling Rolling
I started off with a foam roller – ouch it hurt so good. Eventually the foam roller was not dense enough for me. My gym carried a few TriggerPoint GRID foam rollers and I fell in love.
2. Massage Stick
Image: RPI Sprinter Stick
A couple years ago, my brother gifted me with a similar looking massage stick for Christmas. I wasn’t sure if I would put it to good use because I already had a foam roller, I was mistaken. The stick is a little more portable than the foam roller. I keep mine in my office and I can discreetly massage my legs while I’m sitting at my desk.
3. I’m a Baller!
Haha I couldn’t resist with that title. The massage ball is fairly new to me – I was introduced to it during physical therapy this past fall/winter. It is a good way to get into those knots/areas that a foam roller cannot dig into. I have a TriggerPoint Massage Ball, but lacrosse or tennis balls work as well.
4. Stretch it Out
Image: Valeo Stretch Bands
I started using stretch bands to help with my…can you guess….stretching. You often find them in pilates, yoga or barre studios. They are pretty inexpensive and can also be used for arm workouts.
5. ROLL Recovery 8
Image: ROLL Recovery
The ROLL Recovery 8 is a deep tissue massage roller. Kinda scary looking huh? I heard so many good reviews about it, so I decided to order one last week (a belated birthday treat myself moment). Once I pick it up from my parent’s house I will post a review of it. Can’t wait to try it!
Do you use any of these recovery tools?
What do you use?