Happy Tuesday everyone!
As promised from yesterday, I’ve got a video “How To” on foam rolling for you.I’m sure you have seen the big round tubes that look like pool noodles at your gym or in sporting goods store but have never been quite sure what to do with them.
As I was writing this post, a song popped into my head. Limp Bizkit’s, “Rollin.” It’s fitting for the topic, no? Keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’! I wasn’t a fan of the group but I think their songs have been burned into my memory. There are plenty of other Rollin’ songs out there so find your favorite and grab your foam roller!
Why should you use a foam roller?
- Eliminates and prevents muscle knots
- Increases flexibility
- Decreases muscle tension
- Help prevent injury
- Improve running or sport performance
- Cheaper than seeing a massage therapist a few days a week!
Essentially, foam rolling is similar to stretching but hits the muscle deeper. If you use a foam roller or plan to start, don’t forget about stretching. Think of foam rolling as another injury prevention tool in your exercise tool belt. The more tools you have the better off you will be in staying active for life!
When foam rolling remember to:
- Roll back and forth across the area that you are massaging for about 60 seconds. If you have a tight spot, stop and hold pressure on that area.
- For injury prevention, try to roll 2-3 times a week or after every run.
- Avoid bony areas. That may cause bruising.
- Follow a session of foam rolling with stretching.
Enjoy! I’m off to find Ron’s Limp Bizkit CD! Keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’! 🙂