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    18 Products To Help You Before And After Your Next Workout

    Because taking care of your body when you're active is important!

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    Raise your hand if you are guilty of not properly taking care of your body before and/or after your workout.

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    Yeah, me too. Below are some amazinggg products that might help get the job done so you can help prevent future injury.

    1. A mini massage ball to target specific areas of pain and relieve tense muscles.

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    Promising review: "I workout five days a week and constantly have sore muscles. I needed something to get into certain areas of my muscles better than what a foam roller can offer. This definitely did the trick! It's big enough to get the job done, but small enough to still hit those target muscles! The textured nubs make a difference. I'm able to dig into my back muscles just as easily as my leg muscles. I highly recommend this product. It will definitely get the job done if you are an active person looking to get some muscle tightness relief!" —Tiffvonb

    Get it from Amazon for $14.35+ (available in three colors and three sizes).

    2. A stretch out strap so you can achieve greater flexibility and improve your range of motion.

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    Fear not! It comes with an instructional exercise book to help guide you.

    Promising review: "I do a ton of stretching and was looking for something to assist in getting deeper into my stretching. I read all the reviews and decided to give this a try. It's awesome! You can place your feet and hands in the different loops to get as deep into the stretch as you would like. The instruction book that comes with it is great as well because it gives you new ideas on ways to stretch your muscles that you may not have thought of on your own. Extra bonus: I loop it over the ballet bar in my house and I can do a barre ab workout with the strap. I'm very happy with this and I would definitely recommend it!" —Caroyln Banks

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    3. A wooden slant board best for hitting those super tight calf muscles.

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    Promising review: "This is a sturdy, easily adjustable slant board. I used one similar to it at physical therapy. This greatly helps me stretch my calves without hurting my hip. I have plantar fasciitis, so I need to stretch frequently. I'm very happy with this item, and the price was very reasonable." —Lori Stevens

    Get it from Amazon for $55.95.

    4. A yoga wheel that can help open up your back, chest, and hips.

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    Promising review: "This yoga wheel is strong and a good price. It's a great piece of equipment you will definitely use at each yoga practice. There are so many YouTube videos to instruct you, too." —StellBell

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in three colors).

    5. A muscle roller stick designed to increase blood circulation and decrease cramps.

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    Promising review: "I recently started running, and I've been having a really hard time with the cramping that comes one or two days after I run. I live in a city, so when I run it's on cement and it's hard on my knees. In my search for a foam roller, I came across the muscle roller stick, a gift from the gods. I read through all the reviews, and with a hopeful mind I ordered it (the delivery came very quickly by the way). I gave the muscle stick a try after one of my runs, and wow. It worked really, really well. I went to the Elite website and followed their clear and constructive instruction videos and felt immediate results." —Cheryl

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    6. A pair of bluetooth headphones so you can really get into your feels while stretching.

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    With over 28,000 reviews on Amazon, these headphones can't be missed! Upon purchase you get a pair of headphones, a carrying case, a charging cable, three sets of ear tips (small, medium, and large), a cable management clip, and a user manual.

    Promising review: "These are by far the best headphones I've ever owned. The headphones held up in the rain and they still work great. They're a great quality and they withstand sweat well. What else can you ask for? They're a reasonable price, too." —Adrian Whiltshire

    Get them from Amazon for $29.97 (available in two colors).

    7. A heavy duty inversion table that only *looks* like a torture device but is used for stretching the spine and relieving back pain.

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    You can also purchase expert assembly if you don't feel like conquering it on your own!

    Promising review: "I had been looking for an inversion table for quite some time when I found this, and based on the reviews, I purchased it. It took a bit of time for my husband and nephew to put it together, but it had great instructions and tools. Now that it is together, I love it!! I feel very secure when hanging in it, and the ankle supports are soft and comfy and hold my feet perfectly! The back and head padding are also great. It holds up to 300 pounds, and adjusts for height very easily. It's a great product for a great price." —Susoak

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99.

    8. A gel ice pack and strap because cold therapy is a great tool to help soothe pain and decrease swelling.

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    Promising review: "I have had lower back and knee problems for a few years now. Understandably, I have used many products over the course of time. The gel used in this product does not freeze to be stone hard. This means that while being cold, it still retains its flexibility enough to follow the contours of the body part that you want to use it on. The cover fits snugly, too. It has Velcro that closes like a lid to keep the gel pack inside. You can avoid the frustration of constantly having to adjust the ice pack because the strap keeps it in place."samarth sharma

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90 (also available in a larger size).

    9. A durable foam roller designed to mimic a massage therapist's hands to knead and heal tissue.

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    There are instructional videos online you can follow along to learn different techniques!

    Promising review: "I have been running 15–20 miles per week for years, and I've found that stretching well afterward is really important for helping me to avoid injuries and recover quickly. In fact, for me it's a lot more important than stretching before I run. The TriggerPoint roller is a great tool, and it helps me to do a much better job stretching. As far as quality, it's a very strong tube, and the foam is firm but comfortable. It's a pretty simple product, but it works!" —dhoped123

    Get it from Amazon for $34.95+ (available in five colors).

    10. A pain relief rub so good it applies heat instantly to whatever sore muscle you're dealing with.

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    I've used Tiger Balm on numerous sore muscles and damn does it work.

    Promising review: "This stuff is powerful and anytime my pain rears its ugly head, tiger balm does the trick. It's an excellent price, and the can fits in your palm, but you do not need much at all. It heats up the muscles and keeps on heating for a long time. It is very strong smelling and will make your eyes water if you are putting it on your shoulder, neck, or chest. I just cover with a hand towel so my eyes don't burn. I really do love this product. Once done applying, wash your hands well and don't touch your eyes to be safe." —Amazon Customer

    Get 1.7 ounces from Amazon for $10.82.

    11. A roll of kinesiology tape can help decompress deep tissue, allowing blood vessels to open and muscles to recover faster.

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    While there are a lot of mixed feelings about kinesiology tape, it could be worth a try! Listen to your body and talk to a health professional if you have questions.

    Promising review: "I first learned about kinesiology healing through physical therapy treatments. I had broken my ankle and had to have surgery to repair it. The swelling and pain in my ankle and foot area were not responding to the physical therapy treatments. The therapist asked if I would like to try this tape to see if it would help get my pain and swelling down. It was like a miracle. Within minutes of her applying the tape, she had me stand up and see if I noticed anything. The constant pain I had was gone. I have since used this tape for other pain and injuries that I have and it has never let me down. It stays on normally for a few days even with showering, just dab it dry." —Rah-Rah

    Get it from Amazon for $15.35+ (available in 10 colors).

    12. A bag of epsom salt perfect for tired muscles. Just throw some into your next bath and soak away.

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    Dr. Teal's Epsom Salt comes with both unscented and scented options!

    Promising review: "I suffer from chronic joint pain in my knee and ankle. I'll soak in really warm water for about 20–25 minutes and afterward I feel amazing. This product works!" —ItsCatt

    Get it from Jet for $4.16+ (available in five scents), or Walmart for $4.97.

    13. A super plush yoga mat so you can perform all your stretches with max comfort.

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    Promising review: "This is my first yoga mat purchase. I wish I wouldn't have waited so long! I have bamboo wooden floors in my home and I have been using a folded bath towel for floor exercises. This mat totally meets my expectations!! When on my knees or elbows, it cushions extremely well. And when on my back for crunches, it's even better. I had no sliding either. You should buy it!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.61+ (available in seven colors).

    14. A back stretcher to help relieve stiffness and neck pain.

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    Promising review: "My back pain is improving every day after using this product. I've been in chronic pain for a while due to various factors, so I decided to give this a try. I am so glad I gave it a chance!!! My pain is diminishing and my range of motion is improving everyday! It's well worth the cost." —Kristeen R. Perry

    Get it from Amazon for $29.97.

    15. A trigger point S-shaped massage tool for those really hard to reach places.

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    This tool breaks down so you can travel with it and it comes with a 35-page user guide with detailed diagrams for guidance.

    Promising review: "I love this thing. I used it to manage chronic knots in my shoulders and neck. After about three or four weeks, I found that I was knot-free which is something that I haven't experienced in probably 20 years. I still use the Backnobber once or twice a day to remain pain-free, and it has worked great so far. The unit is made out of some sort of fiberglass/plastic composite. It flexes under load, but the curved shape allows one to exert enormous pressure on a muscle. It is lightweight and breaks apart for easy transport. The instruction booklet is clear and easy to read and includes information on stretching to supplement the use of the Backnobber." —D. Deutsch

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in five colors).

    16. A stack of flexibility cards to help guide you through your warm up/cool down routine.

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    This stack includes 52 color-coded cards:

    · 18 Leg stretches (yellow)

    · 2 Arm stretches (orange)

    · 4 Chest stretches (green)

    · 5 Shoulder stretches (purple)

    · 3 Back stretches (pink)

    · 4 Abdominal/Core stretches (red)

    · 12 Dynamic Warm Up Exercises (blue)

    · 5 Full body compound stretches (brown)

    · 2 Instructional Cards

    Promising review: "I purchased my first set of cards by Stack 52 and they exceeded my expectations. Each card provides easy-to-understand instructions with illustrations. The cards take the guess work out of what routines to do and provide a great variety of choices so you're not left with doing the same routine over and over again." —Sissy

    Get it from Amazon for $18.97.

    17. A portable foot massager that can aid with heel and arch pain.

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    It even has a heat feature and the option of a protection plan! It has six massage heads, three levels for height, and an easy access power button. You can keep it at home or bring it to your office. Need I say more??

    Promising review: "Not only is this seller amazing for customer service and for having an 18-month protection policy, but this is a great product! The heating function is nice, and the feeling of the machine itself is really good for releasing tension in my feet. I have really enjoyed this product, and am glad it has such great seller backing." —Sistoria

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    18. A pair of compression socks best for reducing swelling and the possibility of blood clots.

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    Promising review: "I purchased these socks hoping to have some relief in my hamstrings when I run. I don't run super long distances, but my leg has been killing me. These create heat in my leg and bring some relief to the stiffness and soreness I typically feel when I run, especially in the hours following a longer run. I forgot to wear them today and I'm stiff and sore tonight, way more than the days where I have these on."A. Davis

    Get them from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in four colors and two sizes).

    You during your next workout when you feel FANTASTIC from taking care of your body like the responsible AF person you are.

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