Let’s chat for a minute about foam rolling.
What is it? The technical term is self-myofascial release. By applying pressure to tight muscles, blood flow and flexibility are increased. It’s the closest thing we get to giving ourselves a massage.For the longest time foam rolling was solely used for rehabilitation. Since then studies have been conducted showing that rolling is directly related to recovery and preventing injuries. Unless you want to be in a knee brace at age 45, I suggest you practice foam rolling and static stretching pre and post workout. Don’t know how exactly to foam roll? Here are some tips!
Slowly roll over tight muscles. Hold roller for 20-30 seconds when you feel intense pain. Don’t forget to breathe.
Where can I buy a foam roller?
This seems odd but you don’t want a foam roller made entirely of foam. Some rollers have a hard plastic inner layer that are better quality and more effective. You can find these on Amazon for as low as $30. Here are some links to good foam rollers.