5 things you didn't know you needed for your next workout

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Whether you’re looking to make the most of your trip to your gym or prevent injury, the fitness market is filled of tons of tools and accessories you can use to make every phase of your workout easier, more efficient, and safer.

Have a look at five unexpected things seasoned athletes and fitness rookies alike should consider adding to their gym bags.

A pair of compression socks


Avid runners are prone to getting swollen legs, shin splints, and more serious conditions, like achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis, which can become a burden on and off the treadmill.

In that vein, you might want to invest in some compression socks. Physix Gear Sport's lightweight socks offer plenty of coverage and provide additional support around the heels and toes. Best of all, this pair has over 2,000 rave reviews on Amazon, so it's arguably one of the best options you can buy.

Physix Gear Sport Compression Socks, $US18.95 - $US20.78

A foot rocker


Speaking of aches and pains runners fall victim to, you might want to add North American Healthcare's foot rocker to your fitness wish list.

We encourage you to visit a doctor if your conditions persist, but it's also important to stretch your muscles.

This foot rocker's circular bottom puts your foot in an optimal stretching position and makes it easy to alternate between your arches and ankles. According to the company, you can instantly relieve lower body pain by completing three 30-second repetitions.

North American Healthcare Foot Rocker, $US11

An abdominal cushion


While a strong core can alleviate back pain, increase mobility, and improve your posture, you might not have hours to spend on crunches at the gym.

Enter the Bintiva's wobble cushion. Simply drop it on your work chair, take a seat, and it will offer the same exercise as a normal stability ball, minus the bulk. If you're able to squeeze in a quick workout, you can also take this to the gym to further work on your abdominals and lower extremities.

Bintiva Inflated Stability Wobble Cushion, from $US15.79

A massage cane


Sore muscles can feel like small trophies after an intense workout, but it's also important to alleviate them sooner rather than later. That's where Body Back Company comes in. The brand created an ergonomic, S-shaped massage cane that makes getting all those hard-to-reach areas easier than ever before.

Some knobs are even shaped to mimic the feel of a massage therapist's elbows or thumbs so you can customise how much pressure you're applying to a particular area.

Body Back Company's Trigger Point Therapy Self-Massage Tool, $US29.95

A dual-surface foam roller


If you want to increase your mobility and recovery time, you should consider foam rolling even on your days off from the gym.

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.

Master of Muscle 13-Inch Muscle Mauler Foam Roller, $US18.97, available at Amazon

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