5 reasons to stop, drop and roll
Here we go again, it’s someone telling you that you should be foam rolling. But seriously you should be. This type of self massage is a great tool to add to your fitness kit. The reasons why you should be foam rolling are many, so we decided to break it down to our top 5.
1). It saves you money
One of the leading causes of injury, is previous injury. Injuries cost you time and money for treatment. Foam rolling is a low cost and time efficient way of keeping you feeling well, moving well and mobile.
2). Stress relief
Although you may not think it at the actual time of foam rolling, the overall effect of reducing tightness in your muscles will help you lower your stress levels in general. In our modern environment anything that can help you manage the overall perception of stress in your life is a good thing. The ritual of performing foam rolling on a daily or every other day basis will also create a routine that might be lacking in your life.
3). Injury prevention.
If your muscles are holding too much tension this elevates your risk of injury. In a nutshell, if your muscles are tight your movement will be inhibited. This means your body will compensate to still allow movement, this compensation increases your risk of injury. The simple act of foam rolling regularly means you can keep your mobility in a zone that helps reduce injury risk.
The research into foam rolling is growing and one area is recovery. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise examined the impact of foam rolling on post exercise muscle soreness and recovery. The study showed that foam rolling was very effective in lowering muscle soreness. Other recorded benefits included improved dynamic movement, improved muscle activation, and improved range of motion in comparison with the control group.
5). Range of Motion
A recent study on foam rolling in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research showed that it can help you increase your range of motion without negatively effecting your strength. This is because foam rolling helps reduce muscle tightness which helps your alignment for proper form during exercise.
As with any addition to your fitness regime you need to make sure that it works for you and that you’re doing good rather than harm. Find a coach or trainer that can help you learn the basics of foam rolling and enjoy this new aspect of your fitness.
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