Here's why you should use this workout tool even on days you don't go to the gym

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It’s important to use a foam roller every day, even on the days that you don’t hit the gym.

Fitness company Master of Muscle claims that foam rolling daily can help prevent injury, speed up your recovery time, and increase mobility, which will improve your overall performance at the gym.

If you’re foam rolling every day, you should buy one that will actually show results. Master of Muscle realised that no two muscles are the same, and created a foam roller that lets you customise how much pressure you apply to each muscle.

Unlike a standard foam roller, which is essentially a smooth foam tube, the Muscle Mauler has two pressure zones that make you feel like you’re getting a massage. The raised points mimic the pressure and feel of fingertips and are great for the smaller muscles in your neck and feet.

You can also relieve your sore calves and back with the raised rectangles, which feel more like the palm of a hand. Only 33cms long, the Muscle Mauler fits inside most gym bags. If you’re looking for a larger option to keep at home, you can buy a 60cm version.

With nearly 1,000 five-star ratings on Amazon, the Muscle Mauler is arguably one of the best options you can buy. Many users love the foam roller because it’s durable and actually helps combat chronic aches and pains.

All told, if you notice sore muscles after a gruelling kick-boxing class, or even a day spent hunched over your keyboard, this option is well worth the investment.

Master of Muscle 33cm Muscle Mauler Foam Roller, about AUD$25, available at Amazon

Master of Muscle 60cm Muscle Mauler Foam Roller, about AUD$40, available at Amazon

This article was originally published on 01/27/17

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