I know I am not the only person who awkwardly walked into the gym as you watch someone lying on the floor rolling around on top of a piece of foam shaped like a cylinder. I am just happy to know that I figured out what the purpose of it is, because it has helped my body tremendously. I’ve been on a workout frenzy the last few months because I woke up one day and realized that if I wanted to keep my nice body I was going to have to work for it. I mean I’m only getting older and my desire to eat is only getting worse! Now that I am well versed on the topic of foam rollers, I figured I’d share my findings and thoughts.
They may seem odd, but these inexpensive tools are like your own personal masseuse at your fingertips. After a few days of strenuous working out, your body is in need of some rubbing. Let’s not even talk about leg day and how I can barely sit, stand, or move the next day!
Foam rollers really do the trick. They help reduce post workout muscle soreness as well as prevent injuries. Rolling on the foam increases the blood flow where your muscles need it most. Muscles that are in recovery mode really need oxygen, and foam roller and stretching of any kind really assist with this. Rehabilitation of the muscles is important so that you can remain consistent with your workouts if you want to see results.
- Improved circulation
- Increased blood flow
- Releases muscle tightness
- Breaks down knots in your muscles
- Reduces pain
- DRINK WATER:
Staying hydrated keeps your tissues pliable. This is a necessary part of the foam rolling process.
- Warm Up/Cool Down:
Foam rollers are good for getting the blood circulating through your body as well as stretching out tightened muscle. Utilize rollers for both warming up and cooling down as there are benefits to both.
- Keep It Slow:
Take your time, as quick movements on the rollers don’t have the same benefits as slow and concentrated ones. This is the time to relax and really dig in deep!
Switch it up a bit. Don’t do the same range of rolling and motion. For your best results try doing multi-directional movements.
- Do It Daily :
Muscle maintenance is important when trying to stay fit and build. Daily foam rolling will not only keep your body from being sore, it helps prevent injury, and preps your body for it’s rest periods.
So next time you giggle inside when you see someone on a foam roller, go ask them if you can try it next. Your body will thank you. If you are looking to purchase your own do some research on the different types. There are many styles out there that cater to different needs. Smooth rollers give you a good stretch whereas textured rollers are built to give you a good deep tissue massage. Both are amazing, just know that there is a difference.
Most importantly take your workouts one day at a time, and enjoy your progress!