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Want to try to hit the gym, go to group classes or just walk outside more? Regardless of what your goal is, if it involves more time spent breaking a sweat, you need to consider how you cool down, as well.
Helping your muscles recover after a tough workout can prevent injury, and it can keep you right on track to hit whatever goal you set.
Stretching before and after working out is essential, and there are products specifically made to help you soothe your aching joints and muscles. Foam rollers and massage balls are great for targeting sore areas in your legs and back. They mold to your body and give just enough pressure give your muscles much-needed relief.
Today at Amazon, you can shop discounted foam rollers and massage balls for up to 40 percent off.
You know that feeling you get while stretching when it hurts — but in a good way? Shoppers say this foam roller gives just the feeling. Rated a near-perfect 4.7 stars (82 percent of the nearly 7,000 reviewers gave it a perfect 5 stars), this tool can be taken anywhere with you: the gym, the living room, a vacation, you name it!
One happy (and stretched-out) user wrote: “Amazing for injury prevention and treatment. Perfect for those that have not been motivated to start exercising either because they're too tired or sore or too out of shape to start.This is both simple to use and very enjoyable and reaps great results quickly. The size is just right for me. Any longer, and it would be a bit too unwieldy especially when working some of the smaller body parts, yet it's plenty big enough for my larger muscle groups. For athletes, this is a must.”
Shop it: TiggerPoint GRID Foam Roller, $34 with on-page coupon (was $35), amazon.com
If your aches and pains go beyond the usual sore muscles, consider this deep-tissue foam massage ball. Available in three sizes, the ball is perfect for targeting specific areas where you feel extra tight. Have a hard-to-reach ache on your lower back? Pin the massage ball between your body and a wall, do a little dance and you’ll be able to get to that spot easy peasy!
A tip from us: if you get a smaller-sized ball, take your shoes off, stand and roll the massager on the balls of your feet. It’s a spot that doesn’t get enough love, and the relief is instant.
“This little thing is quite impressive,” wrote one user. “I use it specifically for my neck since I am on the road for many hours at a time, so I tend to have a sore neck throughout the day. I can comfortably drive while resting the ball in between of my (back) neck and the headrest in the car.”
Shop it: TriggerPoint Foam Massage Ball, $19 (was $25), amazon.com
For those who want prefer the control of a foam roller, this model literally comes with ergonomic handles that make targeting sore spots so much easier.
Remember that good kind of pain we were talking about earlier? This’ll get you there — quick!
“I call this thing my Satan Stick, because holy hell do you feel it!,” wrote one vivacious reviewer. “I have terrible problems with my IT bands and use this on a regular basis to roll out my legs. It definitely helps loosen things and gets the blood flowing, but you will develop a love-hate relationship with this thing worse than any ex you've ever dated. I use it myself on certain muscle groups, but to really dig in there on other spots it works best to have someone else roll it out for you. It could even be someone who doesn't like you, because they will get to watch you writhe in pain as this thing loosens up bits that have been tight since that wild tailgate party back in college where the guy wearing the horse mask hit you with a stick when he missed swinging at the liquor pinata. You will be glad you bought this while simultaneously regretting it and cursing the person who invented this for generations to come.”
Shop it: TriggerPoint GRID STK Handheld Foam Roller, $31, amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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