What I'm about to tell you isn't ground-breaking, but it's important, so listen up: start foam rolling!
It's one of those things that seems like it would be simple and easy, but for some reason most people forget about or put it off because it seems like one more thing they need to add to an already-intense workout. But trust me, while the process may seem tedious, it works wonders for your body and mind. Here are five reasons to foam roll everyday and a few exercises you can incorporate into your routine.
1. Break up scar tissue.
Breaking up scar tissue and adhesions between the skin, muscles and bones is crucial for a healthy body. When you foam roll, you put targeted pressure on your fascia, releasing trigger points where you're feeling pain. The process relieves pain caused by shin splints and IT band syndrome, both of which are very common in runners, and more generally, usually clears up problems caused by tight fascia and muscles.
2. Improve your range of motion.
Foam rolling releases tension in the muscles, allowing the body to move more freely. This takes pressure off the joints and allows for more dynamic moves during physical activity. This is important for everyone from high level athletes to the weekend warrior.
3. Save money.
A massage is pricey and is not usually a weekly or daily occurrence. Fortunately, foam rollers achieve the same physical benefit as massage for a much cheaper price. A one-time purchase of a foam roller will give you hours of massage without putting a dent in your wallet.
4. Improve circulation and removes toxins.
The process of foam rolling stimulates the lymphatic system and helps push toxins out of the body. This helps with better oxygen delivery to the cells, improving circulation and rejuvenation.
5. Improve performance and speed results.
Starting and ending a workout with foam rolling is an ideal way to enhance the quality of the training session. When you start with foam rolling, you're getting rid of any stagnant energy in the muscles. It's a great way to prepare the body for movement and allows you to get deeper in each position. By ending the workout foam rolling, you'll recover faster and rebuild muscle. This leads to faster gains and better results.
Convinced? Here are two simple foam rolling movements you can do every day.