Take some time today on National Foam Roller Day to let loose and relax! Foam rolling has such incredible benefits that will make you want to add it into your workout routine, or at home at the end of a long day.
Benefits of foam rolling include easing muscle tension and soreness, increasing range of motion and flexibility, and preventing injury. Foam roller workouts give those striving to achieve their Pilates goals a good reason to try it out. No longer will you have to skip workouts because you’re feeling sore – a foam roller will speed up your recovery!
Foam rolling can help ease the tension and stiffness caused by workouts. By applying pressure to specific points on your body, you are able to aid in the recovery of the muscles. While we all enjoy the luxury of getting a professional massage, purchasing a foam roller is a great, affordable alternative that will leave you with the same results.
As well as relieving tension, foam rolling helps encourage the muscle you’re working to relax. The focused pressure improves flexibility while expanding your range of motion. Maybe you struggle with flexibility or feel restrained, making foam rolling a habit will improve those stretches during your workout and helps with the pain.
What most people don’t know is that many injuries can be avoided through proper stretching and foam roller use. Prevention is better than cure, and the foam roller is an excellent piece of equipment to help prevent injuries. As you use a foam roller, your blood flow and circulation is increased, both of which aid healing and prevent injury.
Finally, here are a few common mistakes include: rolling too fast and spending too much time on your knots. Dedicate just 10 to 15 minutes a day to foam rolling and your body and mind will thank you! Use as much or as little pressure as to what feels comfortable for you.