Tools to Have in Your Post-Exercise First Aid Kit

Most people have some form of first aid kit in their bathroom cupboard or car glovebox. Parents often have kits filled with creams and plasters, bandages and wipes, whilst an adult living on their own might simply have a packet of paracetamol and one plaster that’s been in the cupboard for years. Either way, what you’ve got can be classed as a first aid kit.

How to heal after exercise!
How to heal after exercise!

Those who frequently exercise or enjoy an active lifestyle should consider having a second, large ‘first aid kit’ stored safely in their house. Whilst exercise is good for you, it can cause pain or injury if your body has been weakened or if you’ve not trained exactly as you should. Having a few go-to items will save you from unnecessary pain and will help to improve your recovery time if you’re suffering from a sport injury.

Rotary Transfer Cushion

If you’ve pulled a muscle in your back or leg, twisting to get into your car (or lowering your body into the forward-facing seat) can aggravate the condition. A rotary cushion allows you to sit down facing out of your car, which is a much easier position to be in, and then to slowly and easily rotate into your usual sitting position.

Hot Water Bottles

Hot water bottles can help to soothe all sorts of pain, from aching and overworked muscles to back pain. Wheat cushions will do the same job, warmed up in the microwave.

First aid kit
Essential first aid kit

Cushions and Rests

If you’ve been exercising a lot, relaxing in the lounge might be the only way to get back your energy. Comfortable cushions or a footrest will go a long way to improving the situation.

Of course, things will be even better if you can find a willing friend or family member to supply you with drinks and snacks whilst you sit back and relax with your feet up.

Foot Creams

Feet can really suffer when you’re exercising for a long time, walking long distances or using incorrect footwear. Make sure that you have at home some creams for your feet, to treat cracked heels and to reduce foot pain.


Creams can be handy, but just as useful will be a good pair of slippers. Nothing quite beats taking your shoes off after a long day and sliding your feet into a comfortable pair of slippers (or even a pair of slipper socks). If you’ve put your feet under a lot of pressure recently, let them relax in a soft pair of slippers to help to reduce the discomfort.

Compression Socks

Many runners use compression socks before, during or after a run to encourage good circulation and to reduce pain in the calves. Prevention is better than cure, and compression socks can help with this.

We’re all encouraged to stay active and to be fit and healthy, but do bear in mind that you need to look after your body. Train right, use appropriate equipment and be prepared to listen to the signs and signals that your body is sending out. Exercise shouldn’t be consistently painful, so stop and take a break if it is.

Mobility Smart is an online stocking of mobility equipment including pain relief equipment, first aid kits and tools to make life easier for anyone that’s suffering from a temporary or permanent mobility difficulty.

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