Did you let yourself go during the holidays? Maybe even all of 2014? Don’t jump right into weekend-warrior mode and burn yourself out during the first three weeks of January. Here are five pieces of gear that will take the sting out of getting back in shape.
Hoka One One Cliftons ($130)
There’s still plenty of debate surrounding the health benefits of heavily cushioned shoes like the Hoka One One Cliftons, but I know from personal experience that these shoes have helped reduce soreness during my recovery runs. The Clifton in particular offers a super lightweight ride that, used in moderation, can be wonderful when running on pavement.
CEP Recovery+ Pro Socks ($50)
Wear CEP Recovery+ Pro Socks during and after running to aid blood circulation from your toes to your knees. Your legs will be a little less sore when you start pounding the trails this month. These CEP socks are extremely breathable, which is key because of how much surface area they cover.
Enso Muscle Roller ($69)
Massage is one of the best ways to reduce soreness after kicking off a new fitness regimen. If you don’t have $400 to see a pro masseuse four times per month, check out the Enso Muscle Roller. Its eight foam-lined wheels are easy to adjust, letting it hit numerous sore spots at once.
Hydro Flask 64-Ounce Growler ($55)
The best remedy for sore muscles is hydration. While the 64-ounce Hydro Flask Growler was made to hold beer, I’ve found that I’m drinking much more by filling it with ice water and keeping it in an easy-to-access spot. And you can always fill it up with your adult beverage of choice after a hard workout.
Pearl Izumi Thermal Lite Gloves and Transfer Hat ($20 Each)
Your fitness goals won’t wait for spring. While you can improvise many elements of your winter running kit, you’ll be miserable running in the cold without a hat and gloves. I like Pearl Izumi’s Thermal Lite Gloves and Transfer Hat: Both are extremely lightweight and breathable but will still take the chill out of a subfreezing morning run.