Staying in shape and pushing your limits can be a wonderful thing. But once in a while our bodies can’t quite accomplish what we want them to. For serious injury prevention and treatment, doctor appointments (and the heart-seizing medical bills that follow) might work just fine, but for less serious issues there are better options. We’ve put together some great products that’ll help you stay fast, fit, and flexible, or recover more quickly if you get injured because you thought you were being a total badass.
Compression Socks ($45, CEP): Support the all-important Achilles tendon with medical-grade compression socks built to reduce swelling, support the Plantar Plexus vein network, and stabilize the mid-foot, ankle and calf without restricting movement or compromising comfort. You heard what happened to Achilles, right? Better get a pair just to be safe.
Electrode Muscle Stimulation (MarcPro, $649.95): The ultra-portable, easy-to-use MarcPro treats muscles that are sore, fatigued or just angry at you. It oxygenates muscles, removes lactic acid, and remodels repaired tissue. Sounds futuristic, but only because what you’d normally use at a physical therapist’s for 20 minutes is available for unlimited use in your own home.
Insoles ($49.99, currexSole): Not every piece of footwear is comfortable – and neither is every insole that’s supposed to make them comfortable. Enter this sweet, German-engineered insert for everything from hardcore hiking to general outdoor tomfoolery with an emphasis that moves away from rigid support to a more natural design aimed at overall comfort.
Foam Roller (Triggerpoint, $29.99 for 18” version): Rolling around on the floor usually means good sex or great laughter. But there’s a third: foam rolling. Some rollers are beasts that want you to beg; others are too soft to be effective. But Triggerpoint’s has mid-range density, perfect for massaging tight muscles, smoothing out knots and reducing soreness.
Posture Shirt (AlignMed, $95): The Posture Shirt™ is an innovative piece of fitness wear, anatomically constructed with panels that stimulate muscle groups and joints to keep the body upright. It corrects posture, aids mobility, increases performance, reduces recovery time, elevates balance and minimizes pain. Just think of it like auto-correct for your body.
Healthy Back Bag (Ameribag, $55-75 for non-leather types): The Healthy Back Bag’s teardrop shape ergonomically molds to the shape of your spine and, because it’s slung across the back, it alleviates stress through even weight distribution. Grab one for a chill day of hiking, biking or kayaking and you’ll see what we mean.
Compression Shorts (Myprotein, $24.99): This compression base layer keeps your groin, thighs, hips, lower back and various gluteal muscles in good condition with a special, supportive fabric construction. That means you’ll be able to stand longer, work out more comfortably, ease muscle stiffness and reduce recovery time. Not bad for fancy underwear.
Trigger Point Ball (Acumobility, $24.95): Sometimes you end up with a serious knot. Or two. Or ten. The silicone Acumobility Ball features a stable base and “dynamic flexion point,” maintaining contact on trigger points. Get two and put them together to create vice-like compressing, perfect spacing on the spine and stability exercises.