- Three reasons why you should be foam rolling every day
So many of us have done it… We’ve purchased a foam roller with such great intentions. We read an article about how it’s going to save our muscles or were told by a trainer that we needed to start foam rolling. We buy one and use it for approximately two weeks – and let it become a piece of furniture in the corner of the room. Well, let’s try again. Try to make the foam rolling habit stick this time – it doesn’t take much time, start by adding five minutes to the end of your workout to roll quickly – your muscles will thank you. One recent study in the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation found that foam rolling—coupled with static stretching—could increase the range of motion in the hip more than stretching alone.
Take a look at the top three reasons you should be foam rolling, in case you need a reminder.
- Foam rolling reduces the fascia build up in your muscles, that’s what creates the tightness and soreness after a hard workout. So reducing the fascia means after you’ve pushed yourself to your limit working out, you can wake up tomorrow feeling refreshed (not in pain dreading getting out of bed…).
- Many times we say we’re inflexible because we can’t touch our toes. Why can’t you touch your toes? Because you have this pulling feeling in your hamstrings, right? Guess what?! Foam rolling your hamstrings will loosen those muscles and it over time will assist your flexibility.
- Reduce your risk of injury with foam rolling. When you put stress on your muscles you’ll develop knots in those tight areas. So like getting a massage – foam rolling will help you loosen those knotty areas. The areas where knots are prone are also the areas where injuries are prone. If you have a large knot in your lower back and you continue to work out and ignore it you’ll begin to compromise the muscles around it while trying to nurture that tight area.
Sandy Smith is a Certified Personal Trainer and owner of Latitude Wellness, a health coaching business offering one-on-one health coaching, personal training, meal preparation, and corporate wellness programs. Sandy is based in Lafayette, IN, and is passionate about health and wellness. When Sandy is not working with clients, she can be found spending time with her German Shepherd, Dixie.