Foam rollers are an inexpensive, super-versatile piece of equipment that can really help you work out the knots in your muscles. Adding a little roll time to your workout routine boasts some serious benefits. Read on for more.
Using a foam roller is essentially a more affordable way to give yourself a deep tissue massage. (Cue angel voices here…) By slowing rolling over various areas of your body, you’ll help break up adhesions and scar tissue and speed up the healing and recovery process after your workout. Warning: this can be a little uncomfortable, especially when you are experiencing muscle soreness. But when we say “uncomfortable,” we really do mean this in the very best of ways.
Foam rollers work by using the body’s natural response to pressure. As you roll over tight spots or trigger points, the muscle relaxes. For especially tight spots, applying constant pressure might work better than rolling back and forth.
In the short term, foam rolling can provide immediate relief from body pain due to tightness. And in the long term, there are obvious benefits too. Strength training is an essential part of a balanced workout program—and foam rolling plays a major part in making sure that tightness and knots don’t get in your way and kill your workout vibe. Reducing tightness can also help you perform your best during non-strength workouts, too, as mobility is essential for runners, bikers, dancers, and swimmers, too.
Ultimately, foam rolling can help make the time you spend training more efficient and effective. Important info: rolling it out should be a part of your every day routine, not just when you’re sore. Judging by these benefits, we feel it’s definitely worth spending a few minutes before and after. Seriously, we were hooked at “massage.”
So we wanna know… have you tried foam rolling? What did you think of it, and did you notice a difference in your workouts and/or recovery?
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