We’ve talked the other day about how massages have been shown to benefit fitness more than we once though, which you can check out the full post on the issue here.
From working out day to day, as many of us should be doing for optimal health, our muscles can get tight, and stretching alone does not always relieve these. So this is where massages come into play, to help relieve those tight muscles. Yet many of us cannot always afford, not have the time to get a massage every week when we start to experience these tight muscle pains.
This is where foam rolling comes into play. According to this article from RunningTimes.com, a “foam roller is a firm foam log that is six inches in diameter.” They describe them to be the best way to eliminate and prevent muscles knots, while being a good alternative to massages, which can add up to be costly expensive if done repetitively. They also go on to compare foam rollers to a rolling pin, which rolls lumps out of bread dough, just as the foam roller rolls tightness and knots out of your muscles.
Now that you know why you should be foam rolling, here’s a great infographic to help you “Foam Roll like a Pro” for some of the most common muscle tension troubled areas:
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Have any of you tried foam rolling? What are you thoughts on it?
What are some of your favorite foam rolling moves to relieve muscle tightness?
Written By: Jentry