If your dad lives and breathes fitness, one of the best gifts you can give him this Father’s Day is the gift of recovery. After all, it’s one of the most important components of any fitness routine.
From high-tech gadgets to heavy-duty topicals, here are some of the best tools to add to your dad’s gym bag for smarter recovery and stronger gains:
HigherDose Infrared PEMF Mat
This unique recovery mat combines the healing benefits of NASA-approved pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) technology and infrared heat to increase circulation, relieve run-of-the-mill muscle inflammation and facilitate cellular repair for optimal recovery.
Aquilo Sports Cryo-Compression System
Aquilo’s signature recovery pants deliver cold and compression therapy by rapidly circulating ice water around the muscles in your lower body through the compression pants—thus keeping you perfectly dry during the entire treatment. The ice-cold temperature combined with passive compression helps stimulate blood flow, facilitate muscle recovery and promote faster healing. Both compression and cold therapy features can be used simultaneously or individually, depending on your preference. Plus, the battery-powered gadget can easily fit inside a backpack making it convenient to carry.
There’s a reason why even major league baseball teams like the Boston Red Sox and LA Dodgers swear by this NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation) device. The portable gadget uses electrical impulses to slowly contract and release muscles without fatiguing them—in order to improve circulation, flush out metabolic waste, soothe soreness and optimize muscle recovery. Plus, its compact design ensures that you can easily take it with you wherever your training takes you.
LifePro DynaMini Massage Gun
Weighing in at 1.6lbs and roughly the size of a smartphone, this compact percussive massage gun from LifePro is small enough to fit in your gym bag, tote, carry-on or even cargo pocket. But don’t get fooled by its size. Featuring a 70W motor and enough juice to clock in between three to six hours on a single charge, it’s powerful enough to get the job done. You can set the intensity anywhere from a gentle 900RPM to work out minor kinks and relieve tension to an intense 3200RPM for a truly deep tissue massage. The device comes with four head attachments and a carry case. And the best part? You can charge it with any USB-C charger, so that’s one less thing to pack!
HoMedics Total Recline Shiatsu Massage Cushion
This innovative cushion can give you a relaxing shiatsu massage on the go, whether you’re sitting, leaning back or lying down. Its adjustable deep-kneading nodes work to relieve backache, and soreness and loosen stiff glute muscles, while its heating capabilities and AirFlex technology provide additional support and deeper relaxation. Moreover, the cushion uses SmartScan technology to detect your height (up to 6’7”) for a custom neck and shoulder massage.
Uncle Bud’s 120mg CBD Roll-On Gel
If your dad is a fan of CBD, he’ll appreciate this extra-strength CBD topical that’s perfect for those days when there just isn’t time for a percussive massage or foam rolling. Supercharged with 120mg of CBD oil, it helps soothe sore muscles and joints, ease tightness and relieve minor aches and pains. Its lightweight formula absorbs quickly into the skin while the roll-on design ensures an easy and mess-free application for on-the-go relief.
GhostBed Venus Williams Legend Mattress
Getting adequate sleep is an indispensable part of recovery. It not only restores energy but also improves mood, facilitates cellular and tissue repair to strengthen muscles worked during exercise and lowers the risk of another injury. Designed in collaboration with tennis maestro Venus Williams, GhostBed’s Venus Williams Legend Mattress specifically targets both recovery and performance. Each mattress features a gel memory foam center infused with minerals dubbed the “Venus FIT Layer” that harnesses infrared light to stimulate blood flow and promote faster muscle recovery.
Manduka Lyric Therapeutic Massager
This WiFi-enabled massage gun uses innovative Rhythm Therapy to wake up tired muscles throughout the body and promote relaxation. The unique technology offers targeted relief from muscle tension, soreness and aches and pains while applying less pressure than a standard percussion massage gun, allowing for a comfortable and non-aggressive massage experience. The percussive device is available in five colors and can run for up to four hours when fully charged, according to the company.
LifePro Waver Vibration Plate
LifePro’s Waver Plate decreases down time between workouts by using gentle, therapeutic vibrations to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles—helping your muscles and joints repair themselves faster.