11 Odd Household Items That Are Very Helpful for Runners

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What else do you have around the house that you use as an impromptu foam roller or for stretching help?

Written by: Linzay Logan

When you run as much as some of us do random household items begin to look like training tools. What else do you have around the house that you use as an impromptu foam roller or for stretching help?

Tennis ball—sit on it while your sitting at your desk chair at work to massage your glutes. It’s awesome. I’ve also used my dog’s indestructible rubber chew toys when I don’t have a tennis ball.

Chip clip—For those treadmill runners you can prop open a book with a chip clip and read while you run. Just don’t fall off.

Vaseline—Did you misplace your body glide? This will do the trick.

Safety pin—If you don’t have a race belt how else will you attach your race bib to your shirt?

Water bottle or foam cup—other than for obvious reasons (containers to drink out of) they can be great help for icing and massaging. Fill with water, freeze and roll over sore muscles and feet.

Sigg bottle—It’s a mini foam roller

Stairs—Stand on the edge of a stair to help with lengthening and strengthening your Achilles tendon and calves.

Couch or bed—Can be used to get more intense IT band and quadriceps stretching.

Vacuum—Competitor editor, Sabrina Grotewold, does high intensity vacuuming for cross training.

Wisk—Instead of a mixer this can be an intense arm workout.

Small towel—Use it to help with stretching when you can’t quite reach.

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