Foam rolling is a common practice among athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and even the average Joe. It’s an inexpensive means of self-myofascial release (SMR) that can be done anywhere. This article will discuss what foam rolling is, how it works, and its benefits for anyone who wants to know more about this technique.
How To Foam Roll?
First, you need to purchase a foam roller. The best kind of foam rollers is made with dense EVA because they provide the highest level of support and durability for heavy use. It’s important not to buy one that has too many hollow recesses or ribs as these can cause injury-even if it is unintentional! You also want to make sure that it is the right length for your body by sitting on top of it and then stretching out to see if you are still supported.
To foam roll, start at a tender spot or muscle group that has been injured and tense up that particular area as much as possible. Then, slowly use your weight in order to ease into this position and slowly move your body back and forth across the foam roller. The goal is to apply as much pressure on that spot without causing too much discomfort or pain.
It can be tempting to want to push through your muscles, but this will increase your risk of injury because you are straining them more than they should be. This means it’s a good idea to take breaks and stretch out the muscle after rolling it out.
Foam rolling before a workout means that your muscles will be more flexible and warmed up, which can reduce the risk of injury during exercise. Conversely, foam rolling after a work-out is better for relieving muscle soreness or tightness that might have occurred as a result of working out with heavy weights or pushing yourself too
Benefits Of Foam Rolling:
Increases Blood Flow And Mobility
Better blood flow means increased oxygenation, which can decrease post-exercise soreness. Foam rolling also increases the release of endorphins that make you feel happy, it’s the same feeling you get after finishing an intense workout. Better tissue mobility will help you maintain better joint health and range of motion.
Decreases Muscle Soreness And Pains
Foam rolling can help relieve specific sore spots due to overuse, which is oftentimes associated with muscle knots. Foam rolling your legs after an intense leg workout will have you thanking the Almighty for this invention!
Improves Range Of Motion
Improved ROM can lead to lessened pain in the body as it helps in providing movement to the joints and tissues of the body that have stiffened up over time due to poor posture or inactivity. Foam roll your back and legs daily which will help you increase your squat depth as well as solidifying your deadlift form.