For a few months now, my foam roller has become a part of my daily workout routine. I start and end my workout with this amazing tool. Why? Using a foam roller is essentially a more affordable way to give yourself a deep tissue massage. By slowly rolling over various areas of your body, you’ll help break up the scar tissue generated during a workout, and speed up the healing and recovery process.
So I hear you thinking, why would you roll before working out? While foam rolling you loosen up all of your muscles so the other exercises you do are more effective as a result. If you don’t foam roll before hitting the weightroom ( what most people do when entering the gym) , your muscles are likely too tight when you start your workout. This in turn limits your range of motion and means you can’t get deep enough into whatever excercise you are doing, so you don’t get the best results…
And there are other benefits to foam rolling:
- Foam rolling supports muscle repair so you won’t feel as sore the next morning.
- It can help strenghten and stretch out your muscles, which can help your get more from your workout.
- Increases blood flow to your muscles during your workout. This also helps to reduce cellulite ( and who doesn’t want that?)
- Helps release muscle tension after a heavy workout.
My top 3 body areas for foam rolling are:
- IT bands ( the outside of your leg, from your knee up)
Why? These areas are usually the tightest muscle groups on our bodies. Especially for runners or women who walk a lot in high heels or gym-junkies who just don’t stretch…
Do you have a foam roller and what’s your favourite excercise?
Keep on rolling!