“Whether we’re relaxing or working out, our feet are our primary points of contact with the ground beneath our feet. So, having tight feet and ankles from wearing narrow, stiff, or sport-specific shoes can impact how our knees, hips, and other joints feel and function.
The Toe Spacer is a great way to help relax the small muscles in your feet and ankles, and you can wear them while hanging out at home or even while working out. These made a huge difference in the way my feet feel on a daily basis and has helped my feet get stronger. After years of wearing basketball shoes, my feet are no longer tired and sore, and I can walk, run and train better. — Cat Staskawicz, Associate Editor, Healthline
“I discovered this trigger point massage ball when I went to a restorative Pilates class, which involves lots of foam rolling and stretching your muscles and tender tissues. It’s really great for rolling the sore spots that require more precise attention as opposed to a larger foam roller (i.e. your feet or wrists, or even your calves or between your shoulder blades).
Like a foam roller, it may feel a bit painful at the time, but after using it, I feel like I’m getting a massage. — Melissa Lee, Editor I, Healthline
“Where do I start? It’s one of my favorite workout recovery tools and general stress relievers. There’s something so comforting about being wrapped in a warm, heavy blanket that emanates heat on all your sensitive points Think: heating pad for your whole body.
Whether it’s tired muscles or tension (including the resulting headaches), this blanket is my favorite. It’s a great place to warm up on a cold day or do a body scan meditation while enjoying the benefits of infrared technology. I love that it folds up easily and can be stood out of the way, but it takes seconds to set it up and get comfortable inside.
While it’s certainly a bit pricey, it’s worth it if you’re constantly active, suffer from chronic pain, or (like me) just melt when you can snuggle up in something warm. — Crystal Hoshaw, Special Projects Editor, Healthline
“I have been a long time user of the Hypervolt Massage Gun. It continues to be a great recovery (and warm-up) product that can be on the go with you. Different speeds and tools allow you to penetrate deep into tissue muscles to eliminate pain and promote blood circulation. Nick Trull, Senior Account Manager, Healthline
“A cheaper alternative to the Theragun, the Sportneer massage gun has five speeds and comes with six massage heads. reach and release tight muscles!” — Christy Snyder, Editor II, Healthline
“It’s like Gatorade on steroids. I used to use Pedialyte by default, but Liquid IV takes up much less space. — Sam Lowry, SEO Director, Healthline
“I love this mini massage roller because it’s so easy to use anywhere – like in bed or on the couch, where you’ll often find yourself after long runs. It’s a big plus because sometimes rolling foam roller with a tube feels like a workout in itself – the last thing you want to do after a 20 mile run! My muscles don’t feel as stiff the next day after using this roller which helps me maintain my training program.
Tip: wear leggings or sweatshirts when rolling your legs. The roller can pinch your skin. — Sara Guisti, Reviewer II, Healthline
“My friend gave me this drink at the finish line of a marathon. It was a lifesaver after the party beers – it saved me from dehydration headaches and extra pain, and quenched my extreme thirst faster than water alone or other electrolyte mixtures. Giusti
“This massage gun has multiple head attachments and a wide range of vibration frequencies. You can start at a lower frequency to help warm up your muscles and prevent soreness. Alternatively, you can use a higher frequency or attachment head for hammering knots and loosening muscles I often use it on my calves, hamstrings and upper back The battery will drain faster with higher vibration, but it will still last about a hour. – Ren Dias, Editorial Coordinator, Healthline
“Spin class and foam rollers go hand in hand. I could never do the first without the second. It’s a nice and cheap basic option. I mainly use it on my quadriceps and computer band to prevent hip and knee pain. — Corie Osborn, Managing Editor, Healthline
“This balm relieves tense muscles and smells good. I love that the company was founded by the pioneering family of a child with epilepsy, who couldn’t find a way to legally acquire a CBD tincture, so they made one. — Osborn
“Air Relax is a more economical option than other products like Normatec which provides a very similar result for leg compression. For me it’s even better than the gun as you don’t have to apply yourself I can sit in the leggings for hours watching TV or even working.
The compression and new blood flow makes me feel like a new human when I slip out of it. — Trull
“When the weather is nice and an outdoor run or HIIT workout is called for, I come home to my parched and literally hot apartment. I mix a spoonful of this powder in very cold water and swallow it. It’s extremely refreshing and I can almost feel my cells waking up again.
This formula contains essential amino acids and branched-chain amino acids you need for faster recovery, plus coconut water powder that helps rehydrate the body after tough workouts. — Mellanie Perez, Editor I, Healthline
“I was a long time cold bath user when I played basketball in college and I think the evolution of making this product at home is amazing. The power of cold to aid recovery and refuel the body for intense training or growth is hard to beat. — Trull
“If you’re used to rolling on tennis balls to massage soft tissue or for trigger points, try switching to a lacrosse ball. My physical therapist recommended it when I had neck pain I was working out, and now it’s a regular fixture in my home gym. They are harder and denser, so they help you get much deeper into the sensitive spots. — Catherine Connelly, Editor II, Healthline