You may have seen a foam roller at your local gym and wondered what it was used for. Well, it turns out you should have one and you should be using it. Foam rolling can be, to many people, a lot like stretching; you know you should do it but somehow you find that you’re not doing it.
Foam rolling is just as important as getting a good work out. It is a great way for your your body to recover like it needs to. Getting a massage is another way to soothe the aches that often come with working out, but guess what? Foam rolling is free!
Below are the reasons you should be foam rolling:
1. It reduces soreness and tightness from working out.
You know that feeling when you wake up the day after a really hard workout and your muscles are so sore it’s hard to move? Yeah, we’ve all been there. But foam rolling right after your workout (or even the next day) can help reduce some of that soreness and tightness.
That’s because foam rolling works by massaging away fascia buildup in your muscles, which often lead to painful, sore muscles. Reducing this means you won’t have to skip your workout because you’re too sore from the previous day’s session.
2. It increases flexibility.
We all know how important it is to stay flexible, and foam rolling can help with that too. Maintaining flexibility throughout your life reduces injuries, improves your athletic performance and keeps you strong and healthy into old age. So whether you’re into HIIT, yoga, or even stand up paddleboarding, foam rolling can improve your performance and make you a more flexible, healthier athlete in general.