If you are still of a mind that foam rollers are for everyone else, then you are missing out on one of the most effective tools at your disposal for physique-building, recovery and injury prevention. Rollers are the most popular mechanism for self-myofascial release, or SMR, and are gaining popularity among elite athletes of all walks because of the drastic and usually immediate impact it has on their performance and overall health. Here are some of the most frequently discussed aspects of SMR as it pertains to dedicated lifters.
Here are our Top 7 Reasons why you should incorporate foam rolling into your routine today and make sure you scroll to the bottom to check out the key mistakes to avoid.
1) Prevents Injury & Helps You Recover Fast
Learning the finer points of self-myofascial release could help you train harder and look better while also reducing injury.
2) Breaks 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.
3) Improves Mobility And Flexibility
Improving mobility is a must to train harder.
So you can bench press a car and deadlift a truck, but can you bend down and touch your toes or hug your knees to your chest? With so much mixed information about stretching, static v. dynamic, pre-workout v. post-workout, it’s tough to know the best way to relieve muscle tension. But there’s a simple technique that will keep your muscles sliding and gliding with ease. Taking proper care of underlying fascia is your new secret weapon to improving mobility, flexibility, and range of motion.
4) Removes Lactic Acid To Aid Recovery
Here is an easy little foam rolling workout that you can do prior or after your main workout to help warm up and stretch those right muscles. You can do each move for anywhere from 60 seconds to 90 seconds a day. This workout is short and easy and takes 15 minutes or less!
5) Saves You Money
Less than the cost of ONE Sports massage!
Despite the very many health benefits of massage, we can’t all book regular appointments at the spa. But there’s a basic (and cheap!) tool are known to many regular runners and other athletes that just might be the next best thing. If you haven’t already, it’s time to get familiar with a foam roller.
6) Can Be Used As A Workout Tool
Ah, the humble foam roller. You’ve likely reached for the lightweight tool to relieve sore muscles after exercising, but have you ever thought to use it for the workout itself? Didn’t think so. In this exclusive Yahoo Health video, fitness expert Lauren Roxburgh demonstrates how to foam-roll your way to a tighter booty in three easy moves.
7) Not Just For Fitness – For Desk Jockeys Too!