But in addition to the standard methods of helping us get those muscles to unwind and give us a little reprieve from our aching bodies, there are some innovations in the products available that are extremely effective helping folks prepare for and recover from strenuous exercise.
The first product is a heated seat and back massager. This device effectively gives you the equivalent of a full back massage to the upper back and shoulders even reaching to the lower back and hips. Most of the devices have settings to choose from and the option of heat can give relief to the normal aches and pains associated with a little too much exercise or work related strains.
The motors on some of the massagers can create different waves of massaging pulses controlled by a hand-held remote so as a user you can choose what setting feels right for you.
Another great idea is to invest in a circulation booster. This gadget has electrode pads and allows you to sit back and enjoy a heat and muscle stimulation experience that gets the blood flowing, rejuvenating tired muscles and aiding a faster tissue recovery.
Circulation boosters come in a range of models and at varying price points but they all do pretty much the same thing: they use “Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (T.E.N.S.) body pads that send pulses of gentle electrical stimulation to the muscles. By placing the pads at different parts of the body a wide range of areas can be targeted for relief.
The devices are controlled via a remote control device so you can adjust the level of intensity to your preferred setting. One thing to bear in mind with circulation boosters is they are not suitable for users with pace makers, pregnant or those with epilepsy.
Another great idea, just for some gentle exercising in-between your other activities is a pedal exerciser. Not to be confused with a normal exercise bike, the pedal exerciser gives a gentle workout and stretch to the arms or lower limbs. The pedal mechanism can be fitted to a table or can be used on the floor from a seated position. The benefits of using a pedal exerciser are that you are getting a passive exercise that can ease aches and minor knocks and injuries. Also, you can be doing this activity while watching TV or reading. Safe, low impact and able to be transported anywhere, a pedal exerciser is an inexpensive way of keeping your muscles active, even during recuperation, and can be used for an easy cool-down or warm-up.
These are just three particular products that can help you keep in top shape either in addition to your gym sessions, or just for general wellbeing. When searching the web for products such as these, you’ll find that Googling mobility and healthcare products will take you to firms selling products geared for those with disabilities. Most of these companies also offer the kind of exercise equipment discussed here. By adding the word “exercise” to your search you’ll find many more products used to help you keep fit.
This post was written by MobilitySmart director Andrew Atkinson. Mobility Smart is a UK based online retailer of mobility and healthcare products.