Adequate recovery after a workout is an essential step. There are various methods, tools and techniques that can be used to help restore your muscles and central nervous system so that you can perform for your next workout and feel your best. Here are five of our favorite recovery tools
Foam roller: This tool not only looks good but is also great for identifying specific spots or trigger points and applying massive pressure to loosen muscles. It helps to create nervous tension and increases blood flow to the muscles to promote optimal recovery.
Massage / lacrosse ball: Recovery tools don’t have to be expensive to be effective. Use small, stiff balls (lacrosse balls, tennis balls, etc.) lying around the house to create knots, kinks and tight spots all over your body. Massage balls work similarly to foam rollers, but since they are smaller, they can release more direct tight spots. Watch these short videos to learn how to use your massage ball.
Hydromassage: Not only this, with the help of hydrotherapy you can relieve pain and reduce anxiety and stress. Just one or two sessions per week can greatly improve post-exercise muscle tension.
Hypervolt: If you wish to splurge, handheld massage guns are effective in identifying specific muscles that may be tense or sore. Percussion therapy (small impact from the head of a gun) has been shown to reduce muscle tension, such as rubbing your elbow after hitting something hard. They come with a variety of head attachments and motion options to boost your recovery and take your fitness to the next level.
Yoga: Yoga can be done virtually anywhere and is the perfect low-intensity recovery method regardless of experience or fitness level. Yoga helps to relieve tension especially in the lower back, buttocks, thighs and calves, helping you to feel balanced and fresh. VASA offers a variety of yoga classes at all of its clubs, and those of you who live in Wisconsin or Colorado can see Studio Flow in New Berlin, WI and Westminster Federal, CO. Studio Flow is designed to help your body strengthen, recover, and recover by using infrared light to increase circulation and reduce inflammation and arousal.
For best results, be sure to add stretch-based movements after using any of these tools. Combining massage options with movement exercises like yoga will speed up your recovery!