Under-$55 Fitness Gear You Need for Your Next Recovery Day
After a week of intense workouts in the gym, it's important to give your body a well-deserved break in the form of an active recovery day. Despite what you may think, that doesn't mean bingeing Netflix and being a couch potato, (that would be considered a rest day and yes, there is a difference), which is why we rounded up the best fitness gear to help you feel rested, refreshed, and eager to get back to the gym.
Calling all runners and power lifters: This foot massager will be a total game changer for your sore, tired feet. Choose between six massage heads and the 18 massager nodes will help relax your muscles, ease tension, and regulate blood flow, with an option to apply heat to relieve pain. This portable machine allows you to customize your massage so it's exactly what your body needs—you can even change the height to three different levels for added comfort. ($50, usually $56; amazon.com)
Balling on a budget? This anti-burst exercise ball is another versatile workout essential that costs less than $15. While you can certainly use it to help stretch out muscles like your back and abs, this versatile ball will be useful beyond recovery day. It'll be your go-to for a killer leg and arm workout and can even help improve your body's flexibility and balance over time. Plus, it comes complete with an air pump and exercise chart so you can fill it up and use it right away. ($14; walmart.com)
If you want your recovery day to be both relaxing and productive, then signing up for a yoga class is your best bet. This extra-thick, high-density exercise mat is the perfect place to practice savasana thanks to its comfortable cushioning. Plus, the double-sided textured surface will help to keep the mat in place and reduce slipping while you master new poses—whether you're an expert or a beginner. Thanks to the carrying straps and roll-away storage construction, this portable mat is perfect for bringing along anywhere, without having to buy a special gym bag. ($25; bedbathandbeyond.com)
If your week was jam-packed with intense sweat sessions, then it might be good to take it easy and opt for a low-key walk and a few stretches. But if you kept your exercise routine light the past few days, you might want to take your recovery up a notch by incorporating some of these hourglass dumbbells. The dumbbell set comes complete with three different weights (two, three, and five pounds), that are coated with neoprene to provide maximum grip and to help protect your floors. We suggest using them for a low-impact arm workout that can be done in just five minutes. ($25, usually $29; walmart.com)
Hydration is the key to staying healthy, and it's especially important when you're working out regularly. With the Hidrate Spark smart water bottle you can customize and track how much water you're drinking daily to ensure you're staying hydrated, even on recovery days. This innovative water bottle will glow as a gentle reminder that it's time to drink more water in order to reach your daily hydration goal, and it can even sync to most activity trackers like Fitbit, Apple Watch, and more. (from $45; bedbathandbeyond.com)