Let those achy body parts be a thing of the past!
Photo: Veronica Tay
A period of recuperation after exercise is just as important as the workout. Your body needs time to strengthen muscles, replenish energy and reduce soreness. Help the process along with these gadgets.
1. SPOONK MAT
($98 from www.mylifeinc.me)
The eco-friendly Spoonk Mat is made based on the principles of acupressure and Japanese Shiatsu massage. The mat stimulates specific reflex points throughout the body, helping to release blocked energy and ease tension. Benefits include reduced inflammation and pain, as well as improved sleep, metabolism and circulation. A travel version is available.
2. PREMIUM EVA FOAM ROLLER
($32 from www.movementfirst.sg)
Softer and gentler than the Fang Roller, this is suitable for beginners just learning to find the sore spots on their bodies. It can also be used for certain stretching and balancing pilates and yoga exercises.
3. SPIKEY MASSAGE TRIGGER BALL
($19 from www.movementfirst.sg)
Employ the principles of accupressure and massage, and use this handy ball to help relieve pain caused by muscle tension. The increased blood flow caused by the massaging action can reduce soreness and improve flexibility. Think of it as having a mini sports massage whenever, wherever!
4. DHARMA YOGA WHEEL BASIC
($199 upwards from www.revolve-fitness.com)
Designed for yoga stretches and poses, this back-rolling prop can be used to help stretch and release tension and muscular tightness in the back, chest, shoulders, abdomen and hip flexors. Made of PVC, the basic wheel is lighter and broader while the original handcrafted wooden version looks luxe and classy.
5. PURESSENTIEL MUSCLES & JOINTS ROLLER
($33.90 from Beauty by Nature)
Made from 14 essential oils, this all-natural muscle rub is free of synthetic preservatives and parabens as well as animal and petrochemical products. It is applied with a built-in roller and can temporarily relieve muscle aches and soreness. The roller can also be used as a massage tool.
6. FOOTSTAR MASSAGE BALL
($17 from www.movementfirst.sg)
This firm ball with a textured surface helps soothe and comfort tired and sore feet. Control the stretch by applying as much pressure as you need. It can also be used to massage the hands. It’s small but packs a punch, and is definitely travel-friendly, too.
7. ROCK TAPE
($29 upwards from www.rehabzone.com.sg)
Make like an Olympic athlete and use kinesiology tape to help with post-workout healing. Rock Tape, made of 97 per cent cotton, is breathable, flexible and mimics skin’s elasticity. The elastic recoil of the tape “lifts” skin, which increases the space beneath it to allow for lymphatic drainage. Increased lymphatic drainage helps with tissue healing, which can speed up the recovery process.
8. FANG ROLLER
($55 from www.movementfirst.sg)
The firm but flexible “fangs” are designed to act like the thumbs of a massage therapist. In addition to releasing lactic acid build-up, they provide deep relief and get blood and lymphatic circulation going as well. The roller has a dual foam construction with polyurethane (PU) to keep the exterior firm while the ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) interior allows slight compression.