* It’s important to stretch before and after working out
* These devices help loosen your muscles and increase flexibility
* Choose the method that works for you — and stretch often
While the importance of working out has been well-documented, many people tend to overlook the fact that stretching before and after is as important, to prevent injury and increase your flexibility.
You don’t have to invest in pricey equipment — or go to a studio — to get a good stretch. We’ve found five helpful stretching devices that can you can tailor to your needs from the comfort of your own home.
1. YOFIT Blue Foot Rocker
This small, portable device can be adjusted to fit most foot sizes, allowing you to stretch your foot and strengthen your ankle. It’s also helpful post-injury, during the rehabilitation process.
2. Yoga EVO Elastic Stretching Strap
Designed to increase flexibility, this stretching strap is fitted with a cotton blend strap to decrease the friction on your hands. It also comes with access to 120 minutes of workout tutorials to help you make the most of your strap.
YOGA EVO Exercise Band with Loops for Physical Therapy Yoga, Exercise and Flexibility Elastic Fitness Stretch Band + Exercise Instructions & Carry Bag
3. EverStretch Leg Stretcher
This flexibility band can be attached securely to any doorpost, then close the door and pull the strap through the D-Ring, and you’re ready to go. It’s designed to improve leg flexibility and balance, and you can even work your way towards the splits.
EverStretch Leg Stretcher LITE: Get Flexible with Over The Door Flexibility Trainer | Stretching Equipment for Ballet, Dance, Martial Arts, Cheerleading & Gymnastics | Your Portable Split Machine
4. TMAS Pro Leg Stretcher
Fitted with a steering wheel, padded foot rests and adjustable back support, this equipment is designed to get your legs to stretch 180 degrees- and beyond. It comes fully assembled, so you don’t have to hassle with putting it together. It’s a pricey but effective and highly-rated machine.