Best Post Workout Recovery Routines iMore 2020

Post-workout recovery is essential, and you must take the time to care for your body after pushing it to its physical max. Plus, who doesn't love a little self-care and physical therapy? Your body is indeed a temple, and you've got to take care of it if you want it to take care of you. This is our list of the best post-workout recovery routines and why your body will thank you for using them.

Back buddy: Back Buddy Trigger Point Therapy Self Massage Tool

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The back buddy is easy to use and provides trigger point massage with its 11 knobs for amazing self-imposed muscle recovery and release. It's been customized to treat discomfort, increase circulation, and promote flexibility. This S-shaped tool provides 11 perfectly placed therapy knobs that allow access to any part of your body.

$30 at Amazon

Compression session: Rapid Reboot Recovery System

Rapid Reboot gives you 360-degree rapid, sequential compression to dramatically relieve muscle stiffness and soreness, and increase circulation to speed up your recovery and enhance your performance. This set comes with size-specific compression boots to accommodate athletes of all sizes, providing comfort that offers results. A padded carrying case is also included for easy travel, and this set comes with a 2-year warranty.

$995 at Amazon

Gluta-ME: Raw Synergies Amino Slim for Post Workout Recovery

This drink replenishes your body with what it needs after a tough workout. This BCAA powder includes some of the best all-natural and vegan amino acids, including ashwagandha, satiereal saffron, and glutamine, providing you with faster recovery, improved mood, and quick fat loss.

$25 at Amazon

Plant medicine: Hempactiv Hemp Pain Relief Cream 2000mg

This highly active pain-relieving cream helps your body heal naturally with clinically proven ingredients like hemp, MSM, arnica, and menthol. It absorbs quickly to provide targeted pain relief, improves skin conditions, and supports the body's natural healing process. The fast-acting menthol also lowers swelling from inflamed atopic itchy rashes and bruises.

$30 at Amazon

Soak it off: Epsoak Epsom Salt

Dissolve this Epsom salt in a warm bath to relax your muscles and promote post-workout recovery. Epsom salt soaks are known for their amazing therapeutic qualities and can help relieve muscle aches and pains, relieve aching feet, cleanse pores, flush out toxins, and detoxify your skin. You could also mix this with shower gel to create your own body scrub.

$27 at Amazon

Stretch it out: Morning Star Physical Therapy Stretch Strap

We all know stretching is an integral post-workout routine. This strap comes with 10 multi-grip loops to encourage progressive stretching as you continue to become more flexible and heal injured muscles. It's made of a durable woven strap with reinforced stitching and a comfortable grip. This strap allows for independent stretching for all levels of flexibility and healing and is 73-inches long.

$9 at Amazon

Roll it: AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller

This high-density foam roller comes in four different widths: 12-inch, 18-inch, 24-inch, and 36-inch, and seven different colors. It possesses molded edges that are ideal for balance, strengthening, flexibility, and rehab exercises. It's made from molded polypropylene to maintain firmness, and it's lightweight and easy to clean and transport.

$11 at Amazon

Acutherapy: Nayoya Acupressure Mat and Pillow Set

This acupressure mat provides immediate back and neck pain relief in the comfort of your own home. It eliminates the need for expensive treatments and effectively induces a state of complete relaxation while reducing muscle aches, pain, stress, and tension. The many benefits of regular 20-minute acupressure sessions include improved sleep, circulation, mood, and increased energy levels. This is also an excellent tool for relieving headaches!

$40 at Amazon

Breathe, stretch, let it go: Manduka PRO Yoga & Pilates Mat

Stretching is the best post-workout routine, and what better way to do that then on a high-quality yoga mat. This high-density cushioned yoga mat offers superior joint protection and unmatched support while you stretch. The surface texture of Manduka PRO improves with use, so the best way to break your mat in is to use it. This mat possesses a closed-cell surface that prevents sweat from seeping in and is non-toxic, comes from emissions-free manufacturing, and is 100% latex-free.

From $114 at Amazon

Massage therapy: 321 Strong Foam Roller Set

This set has it all. It comes with a classic triple-zone massage roller with end caps for storage that's great for deep tissue massage and stretching the legs and back, a premium massage stick for those hard to roll areas, a stretch strap for general stretching, and two types of massage balls. Both are great tools for trigger point and myofascial release.

$43 at Amazon

Icy relief: Bodyprox Shin Splint Ice Packs

This 2-pack cold/hot set is highly effective and useful at all stages of the recovery process. It can be used as a hot and cold compress and is an effective way to treat painful calf and shin injuries and conditions after physical activity. Great for reducing joint stiffness, pain, and muscle spasms.

$20 at Amazon

Feel the vibration: Legiral Massage Gun for Athletes

This massage gun helps relieve tight and sore muscles. It features 20 adjustable speeds to meet your needs. It's ideal for athletes, people who work out, or people with injuries. It includes six replacement massage heads that allow you to reach every muscle. The silicone handle provides a no-slip grip.

$130 at Amazon

Electrotherapy: Belifu Dual Channel TENS EMS Unit

This is a multi-functional Tens Massager with 24 preprogrammed massage modes for pain and muscle relief. This unit can help reduce pain and muscle spasms caused by a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, period pain, knee pain, neck pain, back pain, and sports injuries.

$36 at Amazon

Cryotherapy: Recoup Fitness Cryosphere

This mobility tool is portable and provides an easy grip for cryotherapy whenever you need it. It's useful for pre and post-workout recovery. It's excellent for pain relief, reduced inflammation, and improved circulation and mobility.

$45 at Amazon

It's pso right: PSO-RITE Psoas Muscle Release Tool

This psoas muscle release tool and self-massager is great at relieving tight muscles. It's designed to mimic the hand and the elbow giving you the same feeling you get from your massage therapist. It targets deep, specific, and difficult to access muscles. Use it on your psoas, shoulders, hamstrings, calves, thighs, inner groin, glutes, back, rotator cuff, neck, and chest.

$70 at Amazon

Post-workout recovery

Our favorite post-workout recovery tool is the Back Buddy because it's easy to use. Its convenient S-shape enables you to reach every point on your body with its 11 perfectly placed therapy knobs, promoting muscle release, pain relief, and improved circulation, and flexibility. We also love baths, I mean, who doesn't? So, the Epsoak Epsom Salt is perfect if you want to sit back, relax, and soak those tired muscle aches and pains away. If you're a serious athlete, the Rapid Reboot Recovery System is a great post-recovery routine. It uses 360-degree rapid, sequential compression to relieve muscle stiffness, soreness dramatically, and increase circulation to speed up your recovery and enhance your performance.

Whatever you fancy in a post-workout routine, you can't go wrong with any of these suggestions. All of these routines will help with muscle recovery, soreness, stiffness, aches, and pains, so you can rest up, rejuvenate your body, and attack your next workout fully revitalized.

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