Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a full-on gym junkie, recovery needs to be a key part of your workout routine.
The fitness industry is awash with gadgets, but most of the focus seems to be on while you’re working out.
So, what about post-workout?
Well, never fear, we’ve found a few of the latest toys to help aid in your recovery.
FireFly (RRP $49.95)
Clinically proven and used by athletes at all levels, Firefly accelerates recovery after exercise and minor injury by delivering painless electrical impulses to gently activate the muscles of the lower leg. This increases blood circulation, which promotes healing and speeds up the whole recovery process.
It’s worn behind the knee during or after your workout and is small, portable and has no leads or wires. It can even be used on long-haul flights to counteract DVT.
TriggerPoint GRID VIBE ($130 RRP)
Anyone who has done an ITB roll probably looks at foam rollers with fear and loathing, but you can’t deny they work. Designed for muscle relaxation and pain reduction, the GRID VIBE pairs TriggerPoint’s patented GRID foam roller design with vibration technology to deliver one fancy little package.
Research shows that vibration reduces the body’s sensation of pain and according to the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, vibration therapy after resistance training can reduce delayed onset muscle soreness and recover range of motion significantly. We can’t argue with that!
Hyperice VENOM (RRP $324.95)
Recommended by Forbes, Sports Illustrated and Huffington Post as the product to help relieve back pain, the VENOM is a wearable, digitally connected back device that uses heat and vibration to warm up and loosen sore muscles.
Great for those who suffer lower back stiffness, you just strap it around your waist and let it work its magic. It might be time to throw that frayed microwavable rice pack out.
S-Skin from Samsung
So new, it hasn’t even been officially released yet, Samsung’s S-Skin is a portable device that analyses your skin and then provides treatment with a biodegradable micro-needle patch. One of the great injustices of exercising a lot can be irritated skin, so this could be great for those who suffer from pesky heat rash.
The patch penetrates the skin to collect information and uses LED light treatment to reach affected areas. It then passes the information onto a smartphone app, which stores the data and tracks changes, collecting information on habits and activities that could impact skin health.
It sounds a little weird, but if it clears all those sweat pimples up, who cares, right?
Under Armour Recovery Sleepwear (RRP $220 p/set)
Ok, ok, the sceptics out there will insist that these are just fancy thermals, but if Tom Brady says they’re the real deal, who are we to doubt him?
Sleep is always going to outdo any gadget in terms of muscle recovery, but now you can turbocharge it with these bad boys.
Incorporating bioceramic technology into a pattern lining the garments, they absorb infrared wavelengths emitted by the body and reflect far infrared energy – long been used in saunas – to help the body recover faster and promote better sleep.
That may sound like a lot of scientific mumbo-jumbo, but hey, if it doesn’t work, at least you’ll have a nice new pair of pyjamas!
Some of these don’t come cheap, mind you, so if you don’t want to splash the cash, there’s always the good old foam roll or stretch to get you by.