Let’s talk…Foam Rolling ♡
Foam rolling has recently changed my fitness game. Immensely. You know how people joke about walkin’ like a damn pengiun after leg day? Well, this totally eliminates that insane post-workout soreness. If you regularly strength train like me, you know what I’m talking about. Stretching can help, but foam rolling actually massages and releases that tension, eliminating the risk for injuries, reducing inflammation and tightness, and helping you get more out of your stretching afterwards. Think of it as your own quick Swedish massage at home. Basically, it saves your life so you can work out hard the next day or two rather than plopping on the couch due to soreness. It also increases flexibility and range of motion. By massaging and breaking down the inflamed tissue, you are able to lengthen shortened (tight) muscles. PERFECT for runners or those that do a lot of squats, lunges, etc that shorten (yet strengthen) your muscles. A great way to make sure you are building muscles but also getting that long, lean look.
The best foam rollers are the ones with pressure points on them (aka “The Grid” shown below), rather than just a flat smooth foam roll. The points actually get into your muscles and rolls out the tension, where the smooth ones can’t get to. Yes, it hurts when you are doing it correctly, but if you can be patient and massage out the tension, you will feel like a NEW HUMAN afterwards. Trust me.
All you need is 5-10 minutes each day to foam roll, either before or after your workout. I tend to do it at night while watching TV, that way I can get allllll the tension out of my legs and back and I sleep better afterwards. 🙂