Face it. Active types experience the occasional aches and pains. Luckily there are plenty of cool products to help bodies stretch, maintain flexibility and recover so they keep going and going…and going.
Written by: Rebecca Heaton
This piece first appeared in the March issue of Competitor Magazine.
This rope can be used to assist many stretches for the whole body. A laminated chart depicts 17 basic stretches that can be finished in less than 10 minutes, plus nine more advanced stretches once the basics have been mastered. Pack the rope with you wherever you go so you can stretch anywhere. Finisinc.com
A staple in professional athlete locker rooms, this little blue “rocker” isolates the lower leg muscles, tendons and ligaments for a nice, deep stretch to help combat aches caused by Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Also use it to exercise and strengthen lower leg muscles and ankles. Medi-dyne.com
An abbreviation for kinesiology therapeutic, KT Tape provides relief and support for injured or sore muscles and joints and helps prevent common injuries such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis and lower back pain. Instructions and photos of how to apply pre-cut strips are included. Kttape.com
For achy knees the Moji Knee wrap can help speed recovery time after a tough workout with an innovative two-piece design consisting of a compression wrap and spider-like cold cell matrix with 18 individual pockets of cooling gel. This combo offers up targeted cooling to reduce swelling and pain. Gomoji.com
Not your everyday foam roller, The Grid is designed to feel like human hands as you roll on it to massage your muscles, with its different density zones. But it’s more than just a self-massage tool. Use it to strengthen your core by following the Smrt-Core (Smrt-core.com) series of exercises. Tptherapy.com