So much technology, but is it useful? or will it just become something else you bought and let in the box unopened? Personally, here are 7 Great pieces of workout tech that I personally use all of the time!
- Fitbit: I have the Charge HR and love it!! While I don’t pay attention to the calories burned as it wayyyyy over calculates them I enjoy getting a rough estimate (there wils always be a margin of error) of my heart rate throughout the day as well as my steps.
- Timer: If you don’t use a timer app on your phone, I recommend investing in this little pieces of equipment. Old school and simple! Especially if you are someone who enjoys working in intervals.
- Scale: a basic scale is all you need! Save your money and avoid one of those fancy body fat reading or water retention reading scales as their margin of error is insanely high. While I am also not a proponent of only going off of what the scale is everyone does have a weight where they feel best out and the scale is a great indicator of how far off or on point you actually are
- Knee Sleeves: If heavy squatting is a consistent part of your regimen, invest in a pair of knee sleeves. Keep your joints warm and compressed in between sets and decrease injury risk.
- Arm Band: When running was a part of my almost everyday routine this arm band was a life saver.
- Socks: This may sound ridiculous, but until you’ve exercised in the right socks, you haven’t lived.
- Foam Rollers: In the beginning of my blog journey I did a post on SMR and these rollers still hold true to be the number 1 rollers in my opinion. I’ve had clients purchase more economical rollers, but they always end up investing in this set.
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Sore muscles. At one point in everyone’s life, I am pretty sure we have experiences the pain and discomfort of sore muscles from physical activity. What some people may not have experienced is that bittersweet feeling of foam rolling. What exactly is foam rolling and why is it beneficial for our recovery?
Foam rollers are primarily used for SMR (self-myofascial release). SMR put simply is when we apply a dragging pressure on out muscle tissue in order to have our body to release muscle tension and increase mobility between the sliding surfaces of our muscles. SMR is a major contributor to increased blood circulation and increased mobility range of motion in our recovering muscles. All of which allows our recovery time to decrease and make room for more effective training sessions.
When should we foam roll? Personally, I love to roll out before and after my workout. Before my workout as a prelude to my dynamic warm up to stretch out my muscle tissues which allows them to be less tight, decreasing my probability of pulling or straining my muscles. Post-workout it is a great way to decrease any lactic acid build up, which also allows you to recover quicker and be less sore after a training session.
Choosing your foam roller: There are a million and one different foam rollers on the market and I have probably invested hundreds of dollars into the different kinds in hopes of finding one that works and feels the best. From flat to pointy surfaces you name it and I have tried it. It wasn’t until I gave The knot out a try (They did not pay me to advertise for them and I get no financial benefits from promoting them in this post). The reason why I fell in love with the Knot out is because their rollers are not flat, they are “squiggly” for lack of a better term, which is perfect because my muscles are not flat. So having different approaches to angles and pressure points during my roll out sessions allows me to reach larger areas and go more in depth into the muscle tissue. They also have two different densities, soft and firm. That again, creates diversity while rolling out your muscles.
What’s great about them is that they also have an entire section on their website dedicated to educating people on how to PROPERLY foam roll and the different ways to foam roll.
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