So you woke up early, schlepped over to the gym and killed your workout. That’s great! A morning workout is, in my opinion, the best way to start your day.
But a few hours later after settling in at work, it hits you: the burning quads, tight hammies, the arms that feel like spaghetti. It’s the price we pay for a solid workout.
For my money, the best post-workout treatment is foam rolling,. Foam rolling is a sort of mini-massage where you roll parts of your body over a foam cylinder to relieve post-workout soreness and tightness. It can be slightly painful in that hurts-so-good kind of way, but it’s worth every second.
Here are four other items to help you recover from an intense workout.
O.K., so yes, these kind of look like those gimmicky electronic muscle stimulators from the ’90s that promised abs without the work, but the similarities end there. A TENS unit is designed to help with the kind of acute pain you might get from a sports injury or workout soreness.
Think of using one like popping an Advil, or taking an ice bath: It won’t fix a permanent problem and is not a replacement for long-term treatment, but it might feel good.
Some people — including yours truly — slip on a pair of compression socks after an especially tough run, or after it’s been a while since hitting the trail, to help with calf soreness.
We all know we should stretch more after working out, but it truly can be one of the things that keeps you going and will get you to the next workout.
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Speaking of things we all know we should do, drinking more water is probably at the top of list. (Maybe after a good night’s rest, which really is the best thing you can do for your workout recovery.)