After a long day or a hard workout, here are five areas you can use a percussion massage tool (like the Hyperice Hypervolt) to help relax and recover.
The areas are: calf (gastrocnemius), thigh (including the IT band), hip flexor (Iliopsoas), and neck/shoulder (trapezius).
You can massage the areas in general until you find a tight, painful or trouble spot. When you have isolated that spot, hold the tool on it for at least 30 seconds to allow the muscle to relax and let go.
Here is a simple series of movements you can do at home with a small hand weight or a regular old hammer. Fun!
Forearm and wrist strength is important in daily life, not just at the gym or in the yoga studio (yes, even yoga demands strong wrists). Building and maintaining strength in this part of the body is essential.
Doing single-foot balance work like this is a great way to not only maintain (or improve) you balance but it is also a great way to strengthen those little stabilizer muscles around our ankles, knees and hips.