Running marathons or exercising at a stretch can take a toll on your body. Besides the actual physical exertion, it is crucial for athletes to realize the importance of proper warming up and stretching. If you do not give head to the recovery time your body needs after a run or workout, then you are making your body more susceptible to injuries. Here are the latest post-recovery gadgets that athletes and runners across the world swear by, so you can revive your muscles without burning a hole in your pocket!

NormaTec Pulse Leg Recovery System

This recovery system is basically inflatable boots, which run from your foot to your hip. They are plugged in with an air hose to a rechargeable compressor, which lets you control every session duration and the amount of squeeze. There are five zones in these boots, and they inflate to the shape of your body. They work like a massage by snugly squeezing your feet as the pressure moves upwards. This upward movement of the pressure through the five zones works like the fluid movement in compression socks, but you’re getting the massaging benefits as well.Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? No wonder elite athletes like Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall have been using these inflatable boots after strenuous workout or run. The makers of NormaTec have been targeting everyday runners who are training for marathons, so even they can reap the benefits of elite recovery. $1,495, normatecrecovery.com

LumiWave

Lumiwave aims to deliver invisible light to sore muscles and achy joints and relive runners and athletes with regular 20-minute sessions

Infrared light has been used by specialists and clinicians to reduce pain and trigger the healing of inflamed tissues. LumiWave works on the the same light therapy principle and uses infrared light from 50 LEDs on each of the four pods, for a total of 200 lights. It aims to deliver invisible light to sore muscles and achy joints and relive runners and athletes with regular 20-minute sessions.$499, amazon.com

HyperIce Hypersphere

The Hypersphere is a ball sized recovery unit with a motor inside that works on three different speeds

The makers of Vyper have come up with yet another genius product: The HyperIce Hypersphere. While Vyper was a foam roller with a powerfull motor to roll out large muscles,the Hypersphere works like a foam roller but is much more effective. It is a softball sized plastic and rubber ball that has a powerful motor inside which vibrates at three speeds. While the lowest speed is great for shimming your back, the higher speeds are what you need to work on your deeper tissues like the glutes. $149, amazon.com

DhamaSport Pro

The Dharmasport Pro is a band that chills your wrist to trigger a cooling response and delay the onset of fatigue

The wrist is where 60% of the total cardiac output takes place during any physical exertion. The DhamaSport is a battery-powered thermoelectric unit wristband that chills your wrist to trigger a cooling response and delay the onset of fatigue. It acts as a thermostat to cool the core body temperature. Before a run or workout, soak it with water and turn it to one of three cooling settings. This way you will start the race fresh and won’t feel the fatigue set in immedietely. $200, dhamausa.com

PowerDot Uno Muscle Stimulator

The Powerdot Uno has multiple sets of slim electrode pads which attach to the skin like a light fabric that you can wear comfortably as you go about your normal activities

Like many devices nowadays, the PowerDot taps into your smartphone, making it a portable and easy-to-use electrical stimulation system. It comes with minimal wiring and multiple sets of slim electrode pads. These pads are designed to attach on the skin like a light fabric that you can wear comfortably as you go about your normal activities. During use, two independent stimulation channels send electronic pulses to the targeted treatment zone, helping reduce muscular tension, stimulate blood circulation, and speed up recovery times. It has benefited several athletes by improving their overall endurance explosiveness, while reducing common injury risks.$249, powerdot.com


Image Courtesy:  Jonathon Kambouris | Runner’s World

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